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

June 29, 2005

Rockfish closure at Point Heyer Artificial Reef in Marine Area 11

Action: Emergency closure of Pt. Heyer Artificial Reef to catching rockfish

Effective dates: July 5, 2005

Species affected: Rockfish

Location: Waters of Catch Record Card Area 11 within 500 yards of the radio tower at Pt. Heyer.

Reasons for action: This closure includes the area of a rockfish related experiment regarding conservation of rockfish stocks in Puget Sound and the evaluation of Marine Protected Areas as a management tool. Any fishing-induced mortality on the rockfish at this location could invalidate the results of the experiment. This work is being done to fulfill a contract, just received, which becomes available as of 7/1/05. The experiment must be conducted within the contract time-frame. There is insufficient time to promulgate a permanent rules.

Other information: An aerial photo of Pt Heyer is available at the following web address: http://apps.ecy.wa.gov/shorephotos/scripts/bigphoto.asp?id=KIN0328

Information contact: Ray Buckley, (360) 902-2828

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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