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February 18, 1999
Contact: Jeff Weathersby, (360)902-2256

Peninsula shrimp, crab meetings set; Humptulips to close to all fishing March 1

OLYMPIA--Public meetings to discuss recreational shrimp and crab fishing in Port Angeles Harbor and Discovery Bay are set for Feb. 23 and 24, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife announced today.

The first shrimp and crab meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. Feb. 23 at Peninsula College's Little Theater Meeting room, 1502 East Lauridsen Blvd. in Port Angeles.

The second meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. Feb. 24 at the Gardiner Community Center, 980 Old Gardiner Road in Gardiner.

WDFW biologists will provide information about upcoming shrimp and crab fishing possibilities and seek public comments at both meetings.

Humptulips to close to all fishing March 1

WDFW today announced the Humptulips River will close to all fishing at 12:01 a.m. March 1 to protect wild steelhead runs.

The closure of the Humptulips River, including the west fork and tributaries, on March 1 is necessary because wild winter steelhead are not meeting spawning goals.

WDFW also reminds anglers that wild steelhead release regulations remain in effect for the Humptulips through Feb. 28. Wild steelhead have adipose fins which are located on the back just forward of the tail. The fins have been clipped on hatchery fish.