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

September 15, 2020

Recreational spot shrimp fishery closes in Marine Area 4 east of the Bonilla-Tatoosh line and Marine Area 5

Action: Closes recreational spot shrimp fisheries.

Effective date: 12 a.m. Sept. 16, 2020.

Species affected: Spot shrimp and non-spot shrimp.

Location: Marine Area 4 east of the Bonilla-Tatoosh line and Marine Area 5.

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 begin on Sept. 16 and remain open through Oct. 15, 2020. Pots with a minimum mesh size of one-half inch are now allowed in these areas.

Recreational seasons for non-spot shrimps remain open in Marine Area 6 (outside the Discovery Bay Shrimp District), 7 East, 8-1, 8-2, 9, 11, and 13. Please consult the WDFW website for the gear and depth restrictions that apply to harvest non-spot shrimps 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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