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

May 21, 2009

Sport halibut season to close at the end of the day May 29 in Marine Area 1

Action: Close recreational fishing for halibut in Marine Area 1 on Friday May 29, 2009. It is expected that the remaining quota in Marine Area 1 will be taken by the end of the day May 29. It is unlawful to retain bottomfish, except sablefish and Pacific cod, when halibut is on board May 1 through September 30, 2009.

Effective date: Close 11:59 p.m., Friday May 29, 2009.

Species affected: Pacific Halibut.

Location: Marine Area 1

Reason for action: It is expected that the remaining halibut quota for Marine Area 1 will be taken by the end of the day May 29, 2009. This rule conforms to federal action taken by Pacific Fisheries Management Council. Anglers are encouraged to check the WDFW website or hotline for information regarding re-openings.

Information contact: Heather Reed, (360) 249-4628 ext. 202

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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