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Tag: yelloweye rockfish

July
26th

State delays closure of bottomfishing in marine areas 3 and 4

The state Department of Fish and Wildlife has altered course, announcing earlier today the recreational bottomfish fishery off the north coast of Washington will remain open through Labor Day, postponing a closure previously set for Friday.

Here is the rest of the news release:

A new regulation approved today will allow sport fishing for rockfish, lingcod, Pacific cod and other bottomfish to remain open through midnight Sept. 3 in Marine Area 3 and the western portion of Marine Area 4 off La Push and Neah Bay.

“This is good news, not only for anglers but also the coastal communities

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July
25th

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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