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

September 16, 2019

Recreational spot shrimp fishery closes in several marine areas

Action: Closes the last recreational spot shrimp fisheries.

Effective date: Sept.16, 2019.

Species affected: Spot shrimp and non-spot shrimp.

Location: Marine areas 4 (east of Bonilla-Tatoosh line), 5, and 6 (excluding the Discovery Bay Shrimp District)

Reason for action: To protect egg-bearing female spot shrimp consistent with co-management plans.

Additional information: With the closure of spot shrimp fisheries in these areas, non-spot shrimp fisheries will remain open through Oct.15, 2019. Pots with a minimum mesh size of 1/2 inch are now allowed in these areas.

Information contact: Don Velasquez, fish and wildlife biologist, 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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