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

October 28, 2009

Two areas of Puget Sound reopen for late-season crab fishing, Hood Canal closing early

Action: Re-opens recreational crab fishing in two marine areas and closes Marine Area 12.

Species affected: Dungeness and red rock crab.

Effective dates: 8:00 a.m. Nov. 1, 2009 through 5:00 p.m. Jan. 2, 2010, 7 days per week.

Location: A portion of Marine Area 9 north and east of a line projected from Foulweather Bluff to Olele Point and Marine Area 10.

Other information: Marine Area 4 east of the Bonilla-Tatoosh line and Marine Areas 5 and 13 are open through January 2, 2010. Marine Areas 7, 8-1, 8-2, 11, and 12 closed until further notice.

Reason for action: Re-opens the recreational crab fisheries because there are available harvest shares remaining in the above Marine Areas. The quota has been reached in Marine Area 12.

Information contact: Rich Childers, (425) 775-1311.

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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