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

May 23, 2008

Hood Canal sport shrimp season extended two days, May 29 and May 31

Action: Sufficient quota remains in Hood Canal to extend the shrimp season two days between the hours of 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. on May 29 and May 31.

Effective dates: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Thursday, May 29 and Saturday, May 31, 2008.

Species affected: All shrimp.

Location: All waters of the Hood Canal (Marine Area 12).

Reason for action: Sufficient quota remains in Hood Canal to warrant extending the shrimp season for one Saturday and one weekday.

Other information: The Hood Canal shrimp district will be reopened to recreational fishing for a seventh and eighth day because sufficient quota remains to warrant a two-day opener. A general reduction in overall effort contributed to a lower harvest of spot shrimp in the canal than expected. Note that the weekday fishery is scheduled on a Thursday, instead of Wednesday, to avoid conflicts with other user groups in the Canal.

Contact: Therese Cain, Point Whitney, (360) 796-4601 ext. 210 or Mark O'Toole, LaConner, (360) 466-4345 ext. 241.

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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