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

June 13, 2007

Hood Canal sport shrimp season extended one day, June 23

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 23.

Effective date: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, June 23, 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 more day.

Other information: The Hood Canal shrimp district will reopen to recreational fishing for a seventh day because the drastic reduction in overall effort on June 7 contributed to a much lower harvest of spot shrimp in the canal than expected.

Fishers are reminded that shrimp pots used in the fishery must have a minimum mesh opening size such that a 7/8-inch square peg will pass through each mesh opening, except for the entrance tunnels. Flexible (web) mesh pots must have a minimum mesh opening size of one and three-quarters inch stretch measure.

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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