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

December 15, 2004

Recreational crab fishing to close December 19 in Marine Areas 4 (eastern portion) and 5

Action: Recreational crab fishing will close in Marine Areas 4 (east of the Bonilla Tatoosh line) and 5. This closure will include Dungeness and red rock crab, and all harvest methods.

Effective date: The recreational crab fishery will close in the areas listed above at 4 p.m. December 19, 2004.

Species affected: Dungeness and red rock crab.

Location: All waters of Marine Areas 4 (east of the Bonilla Tatoosh line) and 5.

Reason for action: Based on catch record card surveys, sport harvest will have reached or exceeded the recreational crab harvest allocations in these areas by this date.

Other information:

Information contact: Therese Cain, Point Whitney (360) 796-4601 ext 210.

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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