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

July 31, 2017

Marine Area 6 closing to spot shrimp fishing

Action: Marine Area 6, which is located in the eastern Strait of Juan de Fuca, is closing to recreational spot shrimp fishing.

Effective date: At 9 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 3, 2017.

Species affected: Spot shrimp.

Location: Marine Area 6 (excluding the Discovery Bay Shrimp District).

Reason for action: State shellfish managers estimate the recreational spot shrimp quota in this area will be reached.

Other information: Marine Area 6 (excluding the Discovery Bay Shrimp District) will remain open to coonstripe and pink shrimp fishing only with a 200 foot maximum fishing depth restriction. It is unlawful to possess spot shrimp, and all spot shrimp must be returned to the water immediately. The Discovery Bay Shrimp District remains closed to all shrimp fishing until next season.

Contact: Mark O'Toole, La Conner, (360) 466-4345 ext. 241; or Don Velasquez, Mill Creek, (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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