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

June 7, 2006

Recreational shrimp fishing closing June 14 in the southern portion of Marine Area 7

Action: Recreational shrimp fishing will close Wednesday, June 14, 2006 in the southern portion of Marine Area 7. The closure area includes the Iceberg Point and Salmon Bank shrimp fishing grounds.

Effective dates: Wednesday, June 14, 2006 at 9:00 p.m.

Species affected: All shrimp.

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

Reason for action: The recreational spot shrimp share in this area has been reached.

Other information: The north-central portion of Marine Area 7 (all waters north of the boundaries described above) will remain open for non-spot (coonstripe/pink) shrimp fishing opportunity with a 200-foot maximum fishing depth restriction. The 200-foot maximum fishing depth restriction will be in effect to protect spot shrimp while still allowing the opportunity to fish for non-spot shrimp. Any spot shrimp caught must be returned immediately to the water unharmed. See page 132 of the 2006-07 Fishing in Washington rules pamphlet for descriptions of spot, coonstripe and pink shrimp.

Contact: Mark OToole, LaConner (360) 466-4345 ext. 241 or Therese Cain, Point Whitney (360) 796-4601 ext. 210.

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.