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

May 12, 2006

Recreational halibut fishing closes in Westport

Action: Marine Area 2 closes for halibut fishing; anglers may not fish for, retain, possess or land Pacific halibut into Marine Area 2.

Effective dates: 11:59 p.m. on Wednesday, May 17, 2006

Species affected: Pacific halibut

Location: Marine Fish Catch Area 2

Reasons for action: The South Coast (Westport) recreational halibut fishery is projected to attain its portion of the Pacific halibut quota.

Other information: Bottomfish fishing will remain open in Marine Area 2. There is a 30-fathom depth restriction in place in Area 2 through June 15, 2006. Anglers may not fish for, retain, possess or land any rockfish or lingcod caught seaward of a line approximating 30 fms offshore. The coordinates are available on the Department?s website and recreational hotline.

Information contact: Michele 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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