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

July 17, 2015

Halibut fishing to close in the nearshore area of Marine Area 2

Action: Close the northern nearshore recreational halibut fishery in Marine Area 2 (Westport-Ocean Shores) at the end of the day, Sunday, July 19.

The nearshore area extends from the Queets River (4731.70 N. latitude) south to (4658.00 N. latitude) and east of a line approximating the 30 fathom depth contour as defined by the following coordinates.

47 31.70 N. lat, 124 37.03 W. long

47 25.67 N. lat, 124 34.79 W. long

47 12.82 N. lat, 124 29.12 W. long

46 58.00 N. lat, 124 24.24 W. long

Effective date: Closes at 11:59 p.m. July 19, 2015

Species affected: Pacific halibut

Location: Marine Area 2

Reason for action: The Marine Area 2 recreational fishery is projected to take the remaining quota in the northern nearshore area by the end of the day on Sunday July 19. 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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