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

November 6, 2015

Close sport crab fishing in Willapa Bay (Marine Area 2-1)

Action: Close the sport crab fishery in Marine Area 2-1 (Willapa Bay) effective immediately until further notice.

Effective date: Immediately

Species affected: All species of crab

Location: Marine Area 2-1

Reason for action: A closure of the sport crab fishery is needed after routine testing showed domoic acid levels in crab exceeded standards established by the Washington Department of Health. Domoic acid, a natural toxin produced by certain types of marine algae, can be harmful or even fatal if consumed in sufficient quantities. There is insufficient time to adopt permanent rules.

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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