THE FOLLOWING IS AN EMERGENCY RULE-CHANGE NOTICE FROM THE WASHINGTON DEPARTMENT OF FISH AND WILDLIFE
Recreational halibut fishing to open June 17 in the ocean and most of Puget Sound
Action: Open all depth recreational halibut fishing in Marine Areas 1 (Columbia River), Marine Area 2 (Westport), Marine Area 3 (La Push), Marine Area 4 (Neah Bay) and Puget Sound (Marine Areas 5-10) on Saturday, June 17.
Effective date: Saturday, June 17, 2017.
Species affected: Pacific halibut
Location: Marine Areas 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10.
Reason for action: Given the amount of halibut quota remaining and the lower than expected fishing effort in recent weeks, sufficient quota remains to open another day in the all-depth fishery in all coastal and Puget Sound marine areas on Saturday, June 17. Fishery managers expect the full Washington recreational all-depth halibut quota to be taken after Saturday, June 17, and the fishery will be closed for the remainder of the season.
The Marine Area 1 nearshore area will remain open seven days per week until further notice.
These rules conform to action taken by the Pacific Fishery Management Council (PFMC) and the International Pacific Halibut Commission (IPHC).