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

June 6, 2008

Sport Halibut season to re-open in Marine Areas 3 and 4

Action: Open recreational fishing for halibut in Marine Areas 3 and 4.

Effective date: Open 12:01 a.m. through 11:59 p.m., Saturday, June 14 and Saturday, June 21, in Marine Areas 3 and 4 at all depths. Open 12:01 a.m. through 11:59 p.m., Tuesday, June 17, and Thursday, June 19, in Marine Area 3 and 4 shoreward of a line approximating 30 fathoms from the Bonilla-Tatoosh line south to the Queets River; Marine Area 4 open June 17 and 19 east of the Bonilla-Tatoosh line at all depths.

Species affected: Pacific halibut.

Location: June 14 and 21, open at all depths in Marine areas 3 and 4. June 17 and 19, Marine Areas 3 and 4 open shoreward of a line approximating 30 fathoms from the Bonilla-Tatoosh line south to the Queets River as described by the coordinates below, and Marine Area 4 east of the Bonilla-Tatoosh line is open at all depths. Halibut and bottomfishing remains closed at all times in the "C" shaped closure located on the north coast.

4824.79'N.lat.;12444.07'W.long.;

4824.80'N.lat.;12444.74'W.long.;

4823.94'N.lat.;12444.70'W.long.;

4823.51'N.lat.;12445.01'W.long.;

4822.59'N.lat.;12444.97'W.long.;

4821.75?N.lat.;12445.26?W.long.;

4821.23?N.lat.;12447.78?W.long.;

4820.32?N.lat.;12449.53?W.long.;

4816.72'N.lat.;12451.58'W.long.;

4810.00'N.lat.;12452.58'W.long.;

4805.63'N.lat.;12452.91'W.long.;

4756.25'N.lat.;12452.57'W.long.;

4740.28'N.lat.;12440.07'W.long.;

4731.70'N.lat.;12437.03'W.long.;

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

Information contact: Carol Henry, (360) 249-4628, ext. 254.

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.