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

August 9, 2007

Sport Halibut season closes the evening of Aug. 12 in Marine Area 1

Action: Close recreational fishing for halibut in Marine Area 1 at the end of the day on Aug. 12, 2007. It is expected that the remaining quota in Marine Area 1 will be taken during the August 10-12 weekend fishery. It is unlawful to retain bottomfish, except sablefish and Pacific cod, when halibut is on board through Sept. 30, 2007.

Effective date: Close 11:59 p.m. Sunday Aug. 12, 2007.

Species affected: Pacific halibut.

Location: Marine Area 1.

Reason for action: It is expected that the remaining halibut quota for Marine Area 1 will be taken through Aug. 12, 2007. This rule conforms to federal action taken by the Pacific Fishery Management Council. If sufficient quota remains, the fishery may reopen for another fishing day. Anglers are encouraged to check the WDFW website or hotline for information regarding re-openings.

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.

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