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

August 1, 2005

Recreational fishing for bottomfish and lingcod prohibited seaward of 30 fathoms in Marine Areas 2, 3 and 4

Action: Prohibit fishing, retention, and possession of bottomfish and lingcod in Marine Areas 2, 3, and 4, seaward of a line approximating 30 fathoms, as defined by the following coordinates:

4824.79 N lat. 12444.07 W long.; 4824.80 N lat. 12444.74 W long.; 4823.94 N lat. 12444.70 W long.; 4823.51 N lat. 12445.01 W long.; 4822.59 N lat. 12444.97 W long.; 4821.75 N lat. 12445.26 W long.; 4821.23 N lat. 12447.78 W long.; 4820.32 N lat. 12449.53 W long.; 4816.72 N lat. 12451.58 W long.; 4810.00 N lat. 12452.58 W long.; 4805.63 N lat. 12452.91 W long.; 4753.37 N lat. 12447.37 W long.; 4740.28 N lat. 12440.07 W long.; 4731.70 N lat. 12437.03 W long.; 4725.67 N lat. 12434.79 W long.; 4712.82 N lat. 12429.12 W long.; 4652.94 N lat. 12422.58 W long.; 4644.18 N lat. 12418.00 W long.; 4638.17 N lat. 12415.88 W long.

Effective date: 12:01 a.m. Friday, August 5, 2005

Species affected: All species of bottomfish, including lingcod

Location: Marine Areas 2, 3, and 4 (Westport, La Push, and Neah Bay)

Reason for action: Canary rockfish are one of eight overfished groundfish stocks, which are managed under rebuilding plans by the Pacific Fishery Management Council. The Pacific Council has adopted harvest guidelines for canary rockfish for state recreational and commercial fisheries to ensure that rebuilding goals are met. Management measures to achieve these rebuilding goals include prohibiting the retention of canary rockfish in recreational fisheries to encourage conservation of the stock and discourage targeting by anglers. However, canary rockfish are caught incidentally while anglers are targeting other species of bottomfish, such as black rockfish, lingcod, and halibut. Through our Ocean Sampling Program, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife collects recreational catch data, including released catch information. Because canary rockfish have a swim bladder and are typically caught at deeper depths, there is a high mortality factor associated w