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Tag: Pacific cod


Bottomfishing to close Thursday in Marine Area 3 and portion of Area 4

The waters off the northern coast will close to recreational bottomfishing after midnight Thursday to protect yelloweye rockfish, a species federally recognized as overfished.

The closure by the state Department of Fish and Wildlife affects sport fishing for rockfish, lingcod, Pacific cod,and all other bottomfish in Marine Area 3 off La Push and the portion of Marine Area 4 west of the Bonilla-Tatoosh line off Neah Bay.

Heather Reed, a state fish biologist, said the closure is necessary to avoid exceeding quotas on yelloweye rockfish established under a federal stock-rebuilding plan. While it is illegal to retain yelloweye, Reed

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