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

October 30, 2007

Five areas of Puget Sound reopen for late-season crab fishing

Action: Re-opens recreational crab fishing in five marine areas.

Species affected: Dungeness and red rock crab

Effective dates: Marine Areas 6, 9, 10, 11, and 12 - open 8:00 a.m. Nov. 1, 2007 through 6:00 p.m. Jan. 2, 2008, 7 days per week.

Marine Areas 8-1 and 8-2 open daily 8: 00 a.m. Nov. 22, 2007 through 6:00 p.m. Nov. 25, 2007.

Location: Marine Areas 6, 8-1, 8-2, 9, 10, 11, and 12.

Other information: Crab fishing will remain open seven days a week through Jan. 2 in Marine Areas 4 (Neah Bay), 5 (Sekiu) and 13 (south Puget Sound), where the fishery has continued uninterrupted since June 18.

Reason for action: Re-opens the recreational crab fisheries because there are available harvest shares remaining in the above Marine Areas.

Information contact: Rich Childers, (360) 586-1498

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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