THE FOLLOWING IS AN EMERGENCY RULE CHANGE NOTICE FROM THE WASHINGTON DEPARTMENT OF FISH AND WILDLIFE
Marine areas 3-10 to re-open for halibut fishing;
all-depth halibut fishery in Marine Area 2 to close
Action: Marine areas 3 through 10 will re-open for halibut fishing Thursday, June 7, and Saturday, June 9.
In Marine Area 2, the all-depth halibut fishery is closed effective immediately while the nearshore fishery will open seven days per week beginning Saturday, June 2.
Effective dates and locations:
Marine Areas 3-10: Open recreational halibut fishing Thursday, June 7, and Saturday, June 9.
Marine Area 2 (Westport): Close the all-depth fishery effective immediately; open the nearshore area seven days per week beginning Saturday, June 2.
Species affected: Pacific halibut
Reason for action: There is sufficient quota remaining to continue the recreational halibut fishery in Marine Areas 3 and 4 (Neah Bay and La Push) and the Puget Sound region (Marine Areas 5 – 10) on Thursday, June 7, and Saturday, June 9, without risk of exceeding the quota.
Through May 27, the total catch in the all-depth recreational halibut fishery in Marine Area 2 was 41,258 pounds, which is 93 percent of the quota and does not leave sufficient quota to open the all-depth halibut fishery for another day. However, some quota is reserved in this area to allow for a nearshore recreational halibut fishery once the all-depth fishery is closed. The nearshore area will open to recreational halibut fishing on Saturday, June 2, seven days per week until the quota is taken.
The quota will be adjusted to include the remaining quota from the all-depth fishery.
Other information: The nearshore halibut fishery in Marine Area 1 remains open seven days per week until further notice.
These rules conform to management actions taken by the International Pacific Halibut Commission and the National Marine Fisheries Service.
Information contact: Heather Reed, (360) 902-2487.