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

March 19, 2010

Sport clam and oyster season delayed at Hope Island State Park until May 1

Action: The opening for clam and oyster harvest seasons at Hope Island State Park will be delayed until May 1, 2010.

Effective date: April 1 through April 30, 2010.

Species affected: All clams and oysters.

Location: Hope Island State Park, which is located in Mason County on Squaxin Passage.

Reason for action: Surveys indicate a decline in the population of butter clams, requiring a shorter season. The season this year will run from May 1 through May 31, 2010.

Information contact: Alex Bradbury, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife Point Whitney Shellfish Laboratory, (360) 586-1498, ext. 208.

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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