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

September 22, 2010

Northern nearshore area of Marine Area 2 to close Sept. 30 for recreational halibut fishing

Action: Close the northern nearshore area in Marine Area 2 to recreational halibut fishing.

Effective Dates: 11:59 p.m. Sept. 30, 2010.

Species affected: Pacific halibut

Location: Marine Area 2 (northern nearshore area) from the Queets River (4731.7'N. latitude) south to Point Chehalis (4658.00'N latitude) and east of a line approximating the 30 fathom depth contour as defined by the following coordinates:

47 31.70 N. lat, 124 37.03 W. long 47 25.67 N. lat, 124 34.79 W. long 47 12.82 N. lat, 124 29.12 W. long 46 58.00 N. lat, 124 24.24 W. long

Reason for action: Federal regulations allow the northern nearshore halibut fishery to remain open until the quota is taken or until Sept. 30 whichever occurs first. There is sufficient quota to allow the northern nearshore area to remain open through Sept. 30.

Other information: Daily limit one halibut, no minimum size limit. The possession limit is two daily limits of halibut in any form, except the possession limit aboard the fishing vessel is one daily limit.

Information contacts: 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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