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

April 25, 2003

Northern Willapa Bay re-opens to crab fishing

Action: Northern Willapa Bay re-opens to recreational crab harvest

Effective date: Immediately

Species affected: All species of crab

Location: Willapa Bay

Reason for action: Results from the last two Department of Health samples showed that all crab tested were below the action level of 30 parts per million, meeting the requirements necessary for Department of Health to reopen the recreational crab fishery.

Other information: The commercial fishery in the area will also reopen for crab harvest. The southern portion of Willapa Bay remains open to recreational and commercial crab fishing. Department of Health will continue to test all coastal areas for domoic acid.

Information contact: Heather Reed, WDFW, 360-249-1202. Frank Cox, Washington Department of Health, 360-236-3309.

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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