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

March 11, 2003

Sport clam season modified at Port Townsend Ship Canal/Portage Canal

Action: The 2003 sport clam fishing season on Port Townsend Ship Canal/Portage Canal, originally scheduled for Jan. 1 to March 31, has been changed to Jan. 1 to April 30.

Effective Date: Immediately through April 30.

Species affected: All clams, except for razor clams.

Location: Port Townsend Ship Canal/Portage Canal.

Reason for action: The 2003 clam quota on Port Townsend Ship Canal/Portage Canal has been increased due to a significant increase in the population of legal-sized littleneck clams surveyed last spring. The increased sport clam quota allows an extended season in 2003. This regulation change was approved by the Fish & Wildlife Commission at its February 2003 meeting.

Contact: Alex Bradbury, WDFW Point Whitney Shellfish Laboratory, (360) 586-1498, ext. 208.

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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