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

May 18, 2004

Recreational non-spot shrimp fishing to reopen in most of central Puget Sound

Action: Recreational shrimp fishing for non-spot (coonstripe and pink) shrimp will reopen on Thursday, May 20, 2003, at 5 a.m. in Marine Areas 8-1, 8-2, 9 and 11, but will be prohibited in all waters deeper than 150 feet. All spot shrimp caught must be returned to the water immediately unharmed.

Effective date: Thursday, May 20, 2004, at 5 a.m.

Species affected: All shrimp species, except spot shrimp (spot shrimp fishing remains closed until next year). All spot shrimp caught must be returned to the water immediately unharmed.

Location: All waters of Marine Areas 8-1, 8-2, 9 and 11.

Reason for action: A portion of the recreational share of non-spot shrimp is still available in the areas covered under this rule. The 150 foot maximum fishing depth restriction (and the area closure in Port Townsend) is in effect to protect spot shrimp.

Other information: The southern portion of the Port Townsend Shrimp District remains open to non-spot fishing, with shrimp fishing prohibited in all waters north of a line from Kala Point to Walan Point. See page 132 of the "2004-05 Fishing in Washington" rules pamphlet for descriptions of spot, coonstripe, and pink shrimp. Shrimpers are reminded that shrimp fishing in Marine Areas 8 & 9 is open Thursdays through Sundays each week.

Information contact: Dave Sterritt, Point Whitney (360) 586-1498 ext 228; Rich Childers, Point Whitney (360) 586-1498 ext 400; Mark O'Toole, LaConner District Office, (360) 466-4345 ext. 241.

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.