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

May 12, 2009

Recreational shrimp fishing closing in Marine Areas 7 and 8

Action: Recreational shrimp fishing is closed effective immediately in Marine Area 8, is closing Friday evening in the north/central portion of Marine Area 7, and is closing Saturday evening in the southern portion of Marine Area 7 (the Iceberg Point and Salmon Bank areas).

Effective dates:

Marine Area 8: Immediately.

North/central portion of Marine Area 7: 9:00 p.m. Friday, May 15, 2009.

Southern portion of Marine Area 7: 9:00 p.m. Saturday, May 16, 2009.

Species affected: All shrimp.

Location: The north/central portion of Marine Area 7 - includes all waters north of a line from the Initiative 77 marker on Fidalgo Island to Point Colville on Lopez Island, then north of a line from Davis Point on Lopez Island to Cattle Point on San Juan Island, then north of a line due west from Lime Kiln Point light on San Juan Island to the international boundary will close Friday evening. The southern portion of Marine Area 7 (Iceberg Point and Salmon Bank area) which is all waters of Marine Area 7 south of the above boundary will remain open until Saturday evening, after that all waters of Marine Area 7 will remain closed until the non-spot shrimp season opens in June.

Reason for action: The recreational spot shrimp quotas in these areas will be reached.

Other information: Marine Area 12 (Hood Canal) will remain open through at least Saturday, May 16. Marine Areas 9, 10 and 11 are closed.

Contact: Mark O'Toole, LaConner, (360) 466-4345 ext. 241.

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.