Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife FISHING RULE CHANGE
WASHINGTON DEPARTMENT OF FISH AND WILDLIFE
600 Capitol Way North, Olympia, WA 98501-1091

April 20, 2004

Changes to the recreational shrimp fishery in Port Townsend Shrimp District

Action: The Recreational shrimp fishery in the Port Townsend Shrimp District opened 7:00 a.m. on April 17th south of a line from Walen Point to Kala Point for non-spot shrimp only. All spot shrimp caught must immediately be returned unharmed to the water.

Effective date: Immediately

Species affected: All shrimp

Location: Port Townsend Bay.

Reason for action: The Port Townsend Shrimp District did not open for spot shrimp on April 17 because recent test fishery results indicate that spot shrimp abundance in the district is too low to support a fishery. However, the abundance of non-spot shrimp is sufficient to provide some fishing on those species in the southern portion of the Port Townsend Shrimp District.

Information contact: Mark O'Toole, (360) 466-4345 ext. 241 Dave Sterritt, (360) 796-4601 ext. 228

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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