Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife FISHING RULE CHANGE
600 Capitol Way North, Olympia, WA 98501-1091

June 2, 2015

Halibut all-depth fishery in Marine Area 1 to close effective immediately

Action: Close the all-depth recreational halibut fishery in Marine Area 1 (Ilwaco) effective immediately. The nearshore area will remain open Monday through Wednesday until further notice.

Effective date: Immediately

Species affected: Pacific halibut

Location: Marine Area 1

Reason for action: The Marine Area 1 recreational halibut fishery has taken the Pacific halibut quota set aside for the all depth fishery. There is not enough quota remaining for another day. There is sufficient quota set aside to allow fishing in the Marine Area 1 Nearshore Area until further notice. This rule conforms to federal action taken by the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) and the International Pacific Halibut Commission (IPHC).

Information contact: Heather Reed, (360) 249-4628 ext. 202

Fishers must have a current Washington fishing license, appropriate to the fishery. Check the WDFW "Fishing in Washington" rules pamphlet for details on fishing seasons and regulations. Fishing rules are subject to change. Check the WDFW Fishing hotline for the latest rule information at (360) 902-2500, press 2 for recreational rules. For the Shellfish Rule Change hotline call (360)796-3215 or toll free 1-866-880-5431.

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