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

June 3, 2003

Recreational shrimp fishing closing in southern San Juan Islands

Action: Recreational shrimp fishing will close on June 8, 2003, at 9 p.m. in the southern portion of Marine Area 7 - roughly south of Lopez Island and San Juan Island, including the Biz Point and Iceberg Point shrimp fishing areas.

Effective date: Sunday, June 8, 2003, at 9:00 p.m.

Species affected: All shrimp species.

Location: Closure area - the southern portion of Marine Area 7 - all waters south of a line from Biz Point on Fidalgo Island to Cape St. Mary on Lopez Island, then south of the shores of Lopez Island to Davis Point, then south of a line from Davis Point to Cattle Point on San Juan Island, then south of the shores of San Juan Island to Lime Kiln Point light, then south of a line due west from Lime Kiln Point light to the international boundary.

Reason for action: The recreational share of spot shrimp has been reached in the area closed under this rule.

Other information: The remainder of Marine Area 7 remains open for shrimp fishing (northern portion). Shrimp fishers are reminded that the tidal currents in the San Juan Islands are very swift, and gear loss is a much more common occurrence than in central Puget Sound or Hood Canal. Check current tables, add additional weight to pots, and add extra buoys (all yellow) when shrimp fishing in Marine Area 7.

Information contact: Mark O'Toole, LaConner District Office, (360) 466-4345 ext. 241.

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.