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

July 14, 2005

Retention allowed of incidental catch of halibut allowed in northern nearshore area of Marine Area 2

Action: Open area south of Queets River (47 deg, 31.70 N lat.) to 47 deg, 00.00 N lat. and east of 124 deg 40.00 W long. from 12:01 a.m. each Friday through 11:59 p.m. each Saturday, until remaining coastal recreational halibut quota is taken

Effective date: Friday, July 15, 2005

Species affected: Pacific halibut

Location: Northern nearshore area in Marine Area 2 (Westport)

Reason for action: There is sufficient quota remaining to accommodate incidental catches of halibut in this small area, but insufficient quota to provide a targeted offshore halibut fishing opportunity

Information contact: Michele Culver, (360) 902-2603

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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