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

April 12, 2007

Sport halibut season to open in Marine Areas 1-4

Action: Open recreational fishing for halibut Marine Areas 1-4

Effective dates:

Marine Area 1 (Ilwaco): Opens 12:01 a.m. Sunday, May 1, 2007, 7 days per week until the quota is reached or July 15, 2007, which ever comes first. It is unlawful to fish for, retain, or possess any bottomfish, except Pacific cod and sablefish with halibut on board.

Marine Area 2 (Westport/Ocean Shores): Open 12:01 a.m. Sunday, May 1, 2007, 5-days per week, closed Friday and Saturday, except the nearshore area which is open 7 days per week until the quota is reached.

Marine Areas 3 and 4 (Neah Bay/La Push): Opens at 12:01 a.m. Tuesday, May 15, 2007, 3 days per week (Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday) until the quota is reached.

Species affected: Pacific halibut

Location: Marine Areas 1, 2, 3 and 4. (See the Fishing in Washington rules pamphlet, on line at http://wdfw.wa.gov/fish/regs/fishregs.htm, for area descriptions.)

Reason for action: This rule conforms to federal action taken by PFMC. There is sufficient recreational quota to provide for these seasons.

Information contact: Heather Reed, (360) 249-1202

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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