Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife FISHING RULE CHANGE
WASHINGTON DEPARTMENT OF FISH AND WILDLIFE
600 Capitol Way North, Olympia, WA 98501-1091

June 7, 2007

Sport halibut re-opens in Marine Areas 3 and 4

Action: Open recreational fishing for halibut in Marine Areas 3 and 4 shoreward of a line approximating 30 fathoms from the Bonilla-Tatoosh line south to the Queets River on June 19 and 21, 2007. Open recreational fishing for halibut in all areas of Marine Areas 3 and 4 on June 23.

Effective date: Open 12:01 a.m. through 11:59 p.m. Tuesday June 19, 2007, 12:01 a.m. through 11:59 p.m. Thursday June 21, 2007, and 12:01 a.m. through 11:59 p.m. Saturday June 23, 2007.

Species affected: Pacific Halibut

Location: June 19 and 21: Marine Areas 3 and 4 shoreward of a line approximating 30 fathoms from the Bonilla-Tatoosh line south to the Queets River as described by the following coordinates:

4824.79'N.lat.;12444.07'W.long.;

4824.80'N.lat.;12444.74'W.long.;

4823.94'N.lat.;12444.70'W.long.;

4823.51'N.lat.;12445.01'W.long.;

4822.59'N.lat.;12444.97'W.long.;

4821.75'N.lat.;12445.26'W.long.;

4821.23'N.lat.;12447.78'W.long.;

4820.32'N.lat.;12449.53'W.long.;

4816.72'N.lat.;12451.58'W.long.;

4810.00'N.lat.;12452.58'W.long.;

4805.63'N.lat.;12452.91'W.long.;

4756.25'N.lat.;12452.57'W.long.;

4740.28'N.lat.;12440.07'W.long.;

4731.70'N.lat.;12437.03'W.long.;

June 23: Marine Areas 3 (La Push) and 4 (Neah Bay).

Reason for action: This rule conforms to federal action taken by PFMC. There is sufficient recreational quota to provide for these seasons. If sufficient quota remains the fishery may reopen toward the end of June.

Information contact: Carol Henry, (360) 249-4628 ext. 254

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.