Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife FISHING RULE CHANGE
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March 31, 2008

Changes in possession limits for halibut caught in Canada

Action: Recreational possession limits for Pacific halibut caught in Canadian waters have changed for 2008 as follows:

April 1-May 31: Daily limit of one; possession limit of two. June 1-Dec 31: Daily limit of two; possession limit of two.

Effective date: 12:01 a.m., April 1, 2008.

Species affected: Pacific halibut caught in Canadian waters.

Location: Possession limits apply to all halibut caught in Canadian waters and landed into the United Sates.

Reason for action: In order to manage recreational halibut allocations, the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO), Canada has implemented possession limit changes for the 2008 recreational Pacific halibut fishery. See the DFO website for more information: http://www.pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/recfish/Opportunities/finfish_e.htm.

Information contact: Heather Reed, (360) 249-1202

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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