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2013 Recreational Fishing Rules Concise Explanatory Statement
Fish & Wildlife Commission
Meeting Feb. 8-9, 2013

2013 – 2014 Sportfishing Rule Proposals – Briefing and Public Hearing. Audio available.

Sportfishing Rule Changes for 2013-2014

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Reference ID: DFW180254

Original Rule Proposal     See comments

Reference ID: DFW180254
Recreational Opportunities      Submission Type: Public
Rules Category:
Coastal Region Marine
Species covered in proposed rule
 • Marine Bottomfish
Rule to Change:
Ocean Halibut season in marine areas 3 and 4 opens in early May
New Rule Proposal:
I propose that the halibut opener for areas 3 and 4 be moved back to early June
Why the change is needed:
The reason for this recommendation it that the weather is umpredictable and often rough in May. In June the weather tends to moderate somewhat and consequently, would provide a safer enviornment for fishing. Under the current regulations, in many instances, only folks with larger craft can go out for halibut.
Names of individuals or groups with whom you have discussed this change:
No input given
Describe their support and/or concerns:
No input given

Date submitted: 04/27/2012

WDFW Rule Proposal Recommendation

Not Recommended for further consideration     Reference ID: DFW180254

Reasons not recommended for further consideration

    Pacific halibut, goes though the Pacific Fishery Management Council
    This proposal deals with Pacific Halibut. The Pacific Fishery Management Council, the National Marine Fisheries Service and the International Pacific Halibut Commission have the primary responsibility for regulating this fishery. For more information on this process, please call (360) 249-1202.

    Your proposal will be provided to the manager(s) responsible for this species so that it can be considered during the appropriate rulemaking process.

Online Public Comments    (1 comments)

GIRTZ, TODD J  September 21, 2012
This is a great proposal and would make for a much safer fishery. The weather is usually very rough in may which often makes for unsafe fishing conditions. And the quote is often caught before the weather has had a chance to improve