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

February 20, 2007

Sport oyster season opened at Cushman Park

Action: The sport oyster fishing season at Cushman Park is opened March 1, 2007 until further notice.

Effective date: March 1, 2007 until further notice.

Species affected: Oysters.

Location: Cushman Park, located in Mason County on the west side of Hood Canal.

Reason for action: Last years oyster season ran only one month. Recent surveys indicate that the oyster population will support an extended season. Also, WDFW has negotiated with the Skokomish Tribe for a portion of their oyster share, allowing an extension through December 31, 2007. This extended season was approved by the Fish & Wildlife Commission at their February 3 meeting.

Information contact: Alex Bradbury, WDFW Point Whitney Shellfish Laboratory, (360) 586-1498, ext. 208.

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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