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

May 12, 2010

Recreational spot shrimp fishing reopening in Marine 11 and Discovery Bay

Action: Recreational spot shrimp fishing will reopen for one day (Thursday, May 20) in Marine Area 11 and two days (Thursday & Saturday, May 20 & 22) in the Discovery Bay Shrimp District.

Effective date: Marine Area 11: 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Thursday, May 20, 2010.

Discovery Bay Shrimp District: 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Thursday, May 20 and Saturday, May 22, 2010.

Species affected: Spot shrimp.

Location: All waters of Marine Area 11 and the Discovery Bay Shrimp District.

Reason for action: Sufficient recreational spot shrimp quota remains for more days of fishing. The standard Wednesday weekday open day is being shifted to Thursday to avoid a less favorable minus tide.

Other information: The Marine Area 12 (Hood Canal) shrimp fishery closed at 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, May 12, and will not reopen. Due to the extremely high catch rates this season in Hood Canal the quota has been attained in four days and no additional days of fishing will be allowed. Marine Area 7 will be open from one hour before sunrise on Friday, May 21until one hour after sunset on Saturday, May 22.

Contact: Mark O'Toole, La Conner, (360) 466-4345 ext. 241 or Brandon Bryant, La Conner (360) 466-4345 ext. 247.

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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