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Washington sport halibut fishing seasons set

The state Department of Fish and Wildlife a short time ago announced the seasons for halibut fishing around the state.

The season will be four days longer in Puget Sound, and more fish will be available for harvest early in the season off the state’s southern coast under catch quotas for 2012 adopted by the International Pacific Halibut Commission.

Unfortunately, there will be no halibut fishing allowed in the South Sound this season.

Here is the rest of the news release:

Although the state’s recreational catch quota is down slightly from last year, Puget Sound anglers will get an extra

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Lower quotas, rockfish protections reduce halibut seasons

Halibut anglers are the latest group to feel the effects of smaller numbers. The state Department of Fish and Wildlife just announced recreational anglers will have fewer days to catch halibut this year.

Although there is little halibut fishing in the South Sound anglers, both marines areas 11 and 13 will be closed. The areas, covering from the northern tip of Vashon Island south, will be closed to protect rockfish that may be caught incidentally by anglers fishing for halibut. Three rockfish species in Puget Sound are currently under consideration for listing under the federal Endangered Species Act.

The largest

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