Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife FISHING RULE CHANGE
WASHINGTON DEPARTMENT OF FISH AND WILDLIFE
600 Capitol Way North, Olympia, WA 98501-1091

April 28, 2008

Sport Halibut season opens in Marine Areas 1-4

Action: Open recreational fishing for halibut Marine Areas 1-4

Effective dates: Marine Area 1 (Ilwaco): Open 12:01 a.m. Thursday May 1, 2008, 7-days per week until 70% of the quota is reached, or until July 20, 2008 whichever comes first. The fishery will reopen on August 1, 2008 and continue three days a week, Friday through Sunday, until the remaining quota is reached, or Sept. 30, 2008 whichever comes first. It is unlawful to fish for, retain, or possess any bottomfish, except Pacific cod and sablefish with halibut on board.

Marine Area 2 (Westport/Ocean Shores): Open 12:01 a.m. Thursday May 1, 2008, and then continue 2-days per week, Sundays and Tuesdays until the quota is reached or Sept. 30 whichever occurs first. The northern nearshore area will be open on Fridays and Saturdays in addition to the days that the offshore area is open, until the quota is reached.

Marine Areas 3 and 4 (Neah Bay/La Push): Open at 12:01 a.m. Tuesday, May 13, 2008, 3-days per week, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday until the quota is reached. If sufficient quota remains, the fishery will reopen on June 17 (Tuesday) and June 19 (Thursday) in area 4B and shoreward of a line approximating 30 fathoms from the Bonilla-Tatoosh line south to the Queets River.

Species affected: Pacific Halibut

Location: Marine Areas 1, 2, 3 and 4

Reason for action: This rule conforms to federal action taken by Pacific Fisheries Management Council. There is sufficient recreational quota to provide for these seasons.

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.