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

March 23, 2005

Recreational crab fishing will close in Marine Area 13

Action: Recreational crab fishing will close in Marine Area 13. This closure includes all gear types.

Effective dates: The recreational crab fishery will close in Marine Area 13 at 6:00 p.m. on March 31, 2005.

Species affected: Dungeness and red rock crab

Location: All waters of Marine Area 13

Reason for Action: Crab in Marine Area 13 are entering the softshell period. In addition, current catch rates are very low.

Other information: With this closure, all areas of Puget Sound will be closed to the recreational crab fishery, until further notice. These areas are all waters of Marine Area 4 (east of the Bonille Tatoosh line) Areas 5, 6, 7, 8-1, 8-2, 9, 10, 11, 12 and 13.

Contact: Therese Cain, Point Whitney (360) 586-1498 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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