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

May 25, 2005

Halibut fishing to reopen for two days in Neah Bay and LaPush areas

Action: The recreational halibut fishery off the north coast of Washington will reopen for two non-consecutive days.

Effective dates: June 16 and June 18, 2005

Species affected: Pacific halibut

Location: Marine Areas 3 (La Push) and 4 (Neah Bay), which extend from the Queets River north to the Canadian border and inside the Strait of Juan de Fuca to the Sekiu River.

Reasons for action: There is sufficient quota to reopen the fishery for two days in Catch Record Card Areas 3 and 4.

Other information: The following area southwest of Cape Flattery is closed to fishing for halibut at all times: Beginning at 4818' N., 12518' W.; thence to 4818'N., 12459'W.; thence to 4811'N., 12459'W.; thence to 4811'N., 12511'W., thence to 4804'N., 12511'W.; thence to 4804'N., 12459'W.; thence to 48N., 12459'W.; thence to 48N., 12518'W.; thence to point of origin.

Information contact: Michelle Culver, (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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