Halibut fishing in all of Marine Area 2 will close Monday, the state Department of Fish and Wildlife announced this morning.
Anglers taking part in the area’s recreational halibut fishery are projected to have taken the Pacific halibut quota for the primary season and the northern nearshore area by the end of the day Sunday. This rule conforms to federal action taken by the National Marine Fisheries Service and the International Pacific Halibut Commission.
The closure includes the northern nearshore area from the Queets River (47º31.70’N. latitude) south to Point Chehalis (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
Recreational halibut fishing remains open in other coastal and Puget Sound areas:
Marine Areas 3 and 4 (La Push and Neah Bay): Open for recreational halibut fishing today and Saturday, and closed May 23 and 25. Additional openings will be announced if there is enough quota remaining for another day.
Marine Area 1 (Ilwaco): Open Fridays-Sundays until further notice.
Marine Areas 6-10 (Eastern Puget Sound): Open today-Saturday, May 23-26 and May 30-31.
Marine Area 5 (Western Puget Sound): Open May 23-26, May 30-June 1 and June 8.