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

June 18, 2021

Recreational non-spot shrimp fishery opening in Marine Area 7 East

Action: The recreational non-spot shrimp season will open on June 20th in Marine Area 7 East and remain open until further notice.

Effective date: June 20, 2021

Species affected: Non-spot shrimp species which include coonstripe, dock, pink, and sidestripe shrimp.

Location: Marine Area 7 East

Reason for action: To harvest recreational non-spot shrimp consistent with State/Tribal management agreements.

Additional information: A maximum depth restriction of 200 feet applies to this non-spot shrimp fishery in Marine Area 7 East to avoid handling spot shrimp. Harvest will be limited to non-spot shrimp in waters less than or equal to 200 feet deep. All spot shrimp caught during this non-spot shrimp fishery must be immediately returned to the water unharmed. Pots with a minimum mesh size of 1/2 inch will be allowed during this fishery.

Other Marine Areas already open for recreational non-spot shrimping include 8-1, 8-2, 9, 11, and 13. Maximum depth restrictions apply which differ slightly by Marine Area. All spot shrimp caught during these non-spot shrimp fisheries must be immediately returned to the water unharmed. Pots with a minimum mesh size of 1/2 inch are allowed are allowed during these fisheries.

Some Marine Areas remain open for recreational spot shrimp harvesting. Marine Area 5 remains open until further notice. Marine Areas 6, 7 East, and 7 West remain open through June 19, 2021.

Information contact: Donald 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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