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

June 8, 2004

June 11 opening for crab fishing in southern portion of Marine Area 8-1

Action: Recreational crab fishing will open this Friday, June 11, at 7 a.m. in the closed portion of Saratoga Passage of Marine Area 8-1.

Effective date: Recreational crab fishing will open this Friday, June 11, at 7 a.m in the southern portion of Marine Area 8-1, south of a line that extends from Snatelum Pt. to Rocky Pt.

Species affected: Dungeness and red rock crab.

Location: The remaining portion of Marine Area 8-1 south of a line from Snatelum Point to Rocky Point will open on the same Friday through Monday schedule of Marine Areas 8-1 and 8-2.

Reason for action: Recent crab shell condition testing by the tribes have determined that the crab in the Holmes Harbor and the northern Saratoga Passage areas are finished molting and are available for harvest.

Other information: Marine Areas 4, 5, 9, 10, 11, 12 and 13 opened June 1, and Marine Areas 6 and the 7 South are scheduled to open June 16, Marine Area 7 East July 16, and Marine Area 7 North August 16.

Information contact: Steve Burton, Mill Creek Regional Office, (425) 775-1311 ext. 126 or Don Velasquez, Mill Creek Regional Office, (425) 775-1311 ext. 112.

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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