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

May 20, 2003

Sport fishing for halibut in Catch Areas 3 and 4 opens May 23, 2003, for a two-day fishery

Action: Recreational halibut fishing in Marine Catch Areas 3 and 4 will open to halibut fishing on May 23, 2003.

Effective date: 12:01 a.m. May 23 through 11:59 p.m. May 24, 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, there is sufficient quota remaining to allow for a two-day halibut fishery.

Information contact: Michele Robinson (360) 249-4628.