For folks who like to fish in Marine Area 1, the state just sent this out:
Action: Open recreational fishing for halibut in Marine Area 1 (Ilwaco).
Effective date: Open 12:01 a.m. Aug. 7, 2009 until quota has been reached. Open only on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays.
Species affected: Pacific halibut.
Location: Marine Area 1 (Ilwaco)
Reason for action: This rule conforms to federal action taken by Pacific Fishery Management Council. There is sufficient recreational quota to provide for these fishing days.
Other Information: Retention of bottomfish except sablefish and Pacific cod, is prohibited when halibut are onboard the vessel. Recreational halibut fishing is closed in all other marine areas with the exception of the northern nearshore area, located between Grays Harbor and the Queets River in Marine Area 2 (Westport/Ocean Shores). That area will remain open to halibut fishing Thursdays through Sundays until the remaining quota is taken.
No other bottom fish may be retained or landed – except sablefish and Pacific cod – if halibut are onboard the vessel.