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

December 22, 2006

Green sturgeon retention prohibited in the Columbia River Bonneville Dam

Action: Prohibit retention of green sturgeon.

Effective date: Jan. 1, 2007 until further notice.

Species affected: Green Sturgeon

Location: The Columbia River from Bonneville Dam downstream to the mouth.

Reason for action: This rule was adopted at the joint Washington-Oregon public hearing on December 14, 2006 to keep Washington rules concurrent with Oregon rules for the Columbia River.

Other information: The Southern Distinct Population Segment of green sturgeon was listed under ESA as threatened effective July 6, 2006. The Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission will consider adoption of a permanent rule proposal to prohibit retention of green sturgeon in recreational fisheries statewide at the February 2-3, 2007 Commission meeting.

Information contact: Region 5, (360) 696-6211.

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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