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

June 22, 2017

Nearshore recreational halibut fishing to close in Marine Area 1

Action: Close the nearshore recreational fishery in Marine Area 1 (Columbia River).

Effective date: 11:59 p.m., June 23, 2017.

Species affected: Pacific halibut.

Location: Marine Area 1.

Reason for action: The recreational halibut allocation for the Columbia River nearshore area has been taken. There is not sufficient quota remaining to allow incidental halibut retention in this area after June 23. Recreational halibut fishing will remain closed in all other marine areas for the remainder of the season.

These rules conform to action taken by the Pacific Fishery Management Council, National Marine Fisheries Service and the International Pacific Halibut Commission.

Information contact: Heather Reed, (360) 902-2487.

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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