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

April 11, 2005

Puget Sound Recreational Halibut Seasons

Action: Open recreational halibut seasons in Marine Areas 5-11 and 13

The recreational halibut fishery in Marine Catch Area 5 will open on May 26, 2005, and continue through 11: 59 p.m. July 31, 2005, five days per week, closed to fishing for halibut from 12:01 a.m. of each Tuesday through 11:59 p.m. of each Wednesday.

The recreational halibut fishery in Marine Catch Areas 6 through 11 and 13 will open on April 14, 2005, and continue through 11: 59 p.m. June 20, 2005, five days per week, closed to fishing for halibut from 12:01 a.m. of each Tuesday through 11:59 p.m. of each Wednesday.

The recreational halibut fishery in Marine Catch Area 12 (Hood Canal) will remain closed again this year due to low oxygen levels in the area.

For all areas, the daily limit is one halibut per person and the possession limit is two daily limits of halibut in any form, except the possession limit aboard a fishing vessel is one daily limit.

Effective dates: Marine Areas 6-11 and 13 (April 14-June 20, 2005) Marine Area 5 (May 26-July 31, 2005) Marine Area 12 (closed)

Species affected: Pacific Halibut

Location: Marine Areas 5 through 11 and Marine Area 13

Reasons for action: The Department estimates that there is sufficient halibut quota for the Puget Sound subarea to provide the recreational fishing opportunity described.

Information contact: Michele Culver, IRM, (360) 249-1211

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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