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

May 10, 2005

Recreational shirmp fishing closing in Marine Area 11

* Note Fishing Rule Change update on May 27 for Area 11

Action: Recreational shrimp fishing is closed, effective immediately, in all waters of Marine Area 11, the Vashon Island / Des Moines area.

Effective dates: Immediately.

Species affected: All shrimp.

Location: Marine Area 11.

Reason for Action: The recreational spot shrimp share in this area has been reached.

Other information: WDFW officials observed a substantial increase in fishing effort in Marine Area 11 this year, with 454 recreational shrimp pot buoys counted on opening day, compared to 86 last year. In addition, ramp sampling in the area showed that catch rates were relatively high, and the shrimp were large, resulting in the recreational catch on Saturday exceeding the recreational share by about three-fold. The Department will look further into the possibility of increasing the quota, but due to the large overage it is unlikely that more days of recreational fishing will be allowed this year.

Contact: Rich Childers, Point Whitney (360) 796-4601 ext. 400 or Mark O Toole, LaConner (360) 466-4345 ext. 241.

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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