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

May 30, 2008

Recreational shrimp fishing closing in the southern portion of Marine Area 7

Action: Recreational shrimp fishing will close Saturday evening, May 31, in the southern portion of Marine Area 7, which includes the Iceberg Point and Salmon Bank shrimp fishing grounds.

Effective date: 11:59 p.m. May 31, 2008.

Species affected: All shrimp.

Location: The closure area the southern portion of Marine Area 7 includes all waters south of a line from Biz Point on Fidalgo Island to Cape Saint Mary on Lopez Island, then south of a line from Davis Point on Lopez Island to Cattle Point on San Juan Island, then south of a line due west from Lime Kiln Point light on San Juan Island to the international boundary.

Reason for action: The recreational spot shrimp quota will be reached in this area.

Other information: The northern portion of Marine Area 7 (all waters north of the boundaries described above) will reopen June 1 for non-spot shrimp fishing with a 200 foot maximum fishing depth restriction. Marine Areas 8-1, 8-2, 9 and 11 will also reopen on June 1 for non-spot shrimp fishing opportunity with a 150 foot maximum fishing depth restriction. Marine Area 13 will close for spot shrimp on June 1, but remain open for non-spot shrimp fishing. In these areas, any spot shrimp caught must be returned to the water immediately.

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

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.