THE FOLLOWING ARE EMERGENCY RULE CHANGE NOTICES FROM THE WASHINGTON DEPARTMENT OF FISH AND WILDLIFE
Recreational halibut fishing to open for additional day in Marine Area 2
Action: Opens recreational halibut fishing on Saturday, June 29 in Marine Area 2 (Westport).
Effective date: Immediately.
Species affected: Pacific halibut.
Location: Marine Area 2 (Westport).
Reason for action: There is sufficient quota to open recreational halibut fishing for an additional all depth fishing day in Marine Area 2. Poor weather continues to contribute to low catch in Marine Area 2 and opening another day will provide anglers additional time to catch the remaining sport quota.
Additional information: The following is a summary of open sport halibut days for all marine areas.
Marine Area 1: Nearshore: Open seven days per week.
Marine Area 2: Open Saturday, June 29.
Marine Areas 3 and 4: Open Saturday, June 22; Thursday, June 27; and Saturday, June 29.
Puget Sound (Marine Areas 5-10): Open Saturday, June 22; Thursday, June 27; and Saturday, June 29.
Marine Area 5: It is permissible for halibut anglers to retain Pacific cod caught while fishing for halibut in waters deeper than 120 feet on days that halibut fishing is open.
Retention of lingcod and Pacific cod seaward of 120 feet is not permitted on halibut days in Marine Areas 6-10.
Marine Areas 1-10: Daily limit of 1 halibut per angler, with no minimum size limit. Annual limit of 4. All catch must be recorded on WDFW catch record card. Possession limits remain the same.
Marine Areas 11-13 are closed.
More sport halibut days to open in Marine Areas 3 and 4
Action: Open recreational halibut fishing on Thursday, June 27 and Saturday, June 29 in Marine Areas 3 (La Push) and 4 (Neah Bay).
Effective date: Immediately
Species affected: Pacific halibut
Location: Marine Areas 3 and 4.
Reason for action: There is sufficient quota to open additional days for the sport halibut fishery in Marine Areas 3 (La Push) and 4 (Neah Bay). Adding these days will provide Washington sport halibut anglers with more fishing days and maximize the opportunity to catch the remaining sport quota.