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

May 14, 2003

Sport fishing for halibut in Catch Areas 3 and 4 closes May 17, 2003

Action: Recreational halibut fishing in Marine Catch Areas 3 and 4 will close to all halibut fishing on May 17, 2003.

Effective date: 11:59 p.m., May 17, 2003

Species: Pacific Halibut

Location: Marine Catch Area 3 - LaPush from the Queets River north to Cape Alava and Marine Catch Area 4 - Neah Bay from Cape Alava north and inside Juan de Fuca Strait to the Sekiu River.

Reason for action: In reviewing the catch per day for this year, the quota is expected to be reached by this date.

Other information: This closure does not affect ongoing halibut fisheries on other areas of the coast or in inside waters.

Information contact: Michele Robinson (360) 249-4628

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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