Halibut fishing to close in most of Marine Area 2
May 15, 2015
Action: Close the recreational halibut fishery in Marine Area 2 (Westport-Ocean Shores), except that halibut fishing is allowed in the northern nearshore area from the Queets River (47º31.70'N. latitude) south to 46º58.00'N. latitude and east of a line approximating the 30 fathom depth contour as defined by the following coordinates until further notice.
47 º 31.70 N. lat, 124 º 37.03 W. long
47 º 25.67 N. lat, 124 º 34.79 W. long
47 º 12.82 N. lat, 124 º 29.12 W. long
46 º 58.00 N. lat, 124 º 24.24 W. long
Effective date: May 13, 2015
Species affected: Pacific halibut
Location: Marine Area 2
Reason for action: The Marine Area 2 recreational Pacific halibut quota set aside for the primary season was projected to have been taken at the end of the day Tuesday, May 12, 2015. Any quota remaining from the primary season will be added to a separate quota set aside for incidental halibut retention in the northern nearshore area and is sufficient to continue to allow halibut fishing seven days per week in that area. This rule conforms to federal action taken by the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) and the International Pacific halibut Commission (IPHC).
Information contact: Heather Reed, (360) 249-4628 ext. 202