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

May 19, 2005

Hood Canal Sport Shrimp season extended

Action: Sufficient quota remains in Hood Canal to extend the shrimp season one day between the hours of 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. on May 25, 2005.

Effective dates: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Wednesday, May 25, 2005

Species affected: All shrimp.

Location: All waters of the Hood Canal (Marine Area 12)

Reason for action: Sufficient quota remains in Hood Canal to warrant extending the season for one day.

Other information: The Hood Canal shrimp district will open to recreational fishing because sufficient quota remains to warrant a one-day opener. High winds and a general reduction in overall effort, due to WDFWs new regulation that opens high effort areas at the same time, contributed to a lower harvest of spot shrimp in the canal during 2005. There was insufficient quota remaining to warrant opening Hood Canal on a Saturday, which generates greater effort than a mid-week opening does.

Contact: Dave Sterritt, Point Whitney (360) 796-4601 ext. 228 or Rich Childers, Point Whitney (360) 796-4601 ext. 400.

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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