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

June 1, 2007

Hood Canal sport shrimp season extended one day, June 7

Action: Sufficient quota remains in Hood Canal to extend the shrimp season one day between the hours of 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. on June 7.

Effective date: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. onThursday, June 7, 2007.

Species affected: All shrimp.

Location: All waters of the Hood Canal (Marine Area 12).

Reason for action: Sufficient quota remains in Hood Canal to warrant extending the shrimp season for one weekday.

Other information: The Hood Canal shrimp district will reopen to recreational fishing for a sixth day because sufficient quota remains to warrant a one-day opener. The general reduction in overall effort on May 16th and May 23rd, contributed to a lower harvest of spot shrimp in the canal than expected. There is insufficient quota remaining to warrant opening Hood Canal on a Saturday, which generates greater effort than a mid-week opening, without the risk of exceeding the recreational harvest share. The fishery will reopen on a Thursday, instead of the standard Wednesday opening, because of use conflicts on Wednesday, June 6th.

Contact: Therese Cain, Point Whitney, (360) 796-4601 ext. 210 or Brad Sele, Point Whitney, (360) 796-4601 ext. 401.

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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