Recreational shrimp fishing reopening in several areas of Puget Sound

  • Mon Jun 2nd, 2014 12:18am
  • Life

Marine Areas 8-1, 8-2, 9 and 11 are re-opening for recreational coonstripe and pink shrimp fishing, with a 150-foot maximum fishing depth restriction. Marine Area 7 East is reopening for recreational coonstripe and pink shrimp fishing as well, with a 200-foot maximum fishing depth restriction. All spot shrimp caught must be returned to the water immediately.

Effective date: June 1, 2014.

Species affected: Non-spot (coonstripe and pink) shrimp.

Location: Marine Areas 7 East, 8-1, 8-2, 9 and 11.

Reason for action: Recreational non-spot shrimp shares are available in these Marine Areas.

Other information:  Marine Areas 4, 5, 6 and 7 West remain open daily to all shrimp species.

Contact: Mark O’Toole, La Conner, (360) 466-4345 ext. 241.

Anglers must have a current Washington fishing license, appropriate to the fishery. Check the Fishing section of the WDFW webpage at http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/shellfish/shrimp for details on current shrimp fishing seasons and regulations, or check the current WDFW “Fishing in Washington” rules pamphlet for fishing 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.