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

June 24, 2009

Sport Halibut fishing in Marine Area 2 will close, Nearshore area remains open 4 days per week

Action: Close the recreational halibut fishery in Marine Area 2, except that halibut fishing is allowed in the northern nearshore area from the Queets River (4725.00'N. latitude) south to Point Chehalis (4658.00'N latitude) and east of 12430.00'W longitude, Thursdays through Sundays until further notice.

Effective date: 11:59 p.m., June 28, 2009.

Species affected: Halibut

Location: Marine Area 2

Reason for action The South Coast (Westport) recreational halibut fishery is projected to have taken the Pacific halibut quota set aside for the primary season. This rule conforms to federal action taken by the Pacific Fisheries Management Council. Anglers are encouraged to check the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife 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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