WASHINGTON DEPARTMENT OF FISH AND WILDLIFE
NEWS RELEASE
600 Capitol Way North, Olympia, WA 98501-1091

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May 09, 1997
Contact: Chuck Bolland, (360) 902-2255

Shrimp season in Discovery Bay, Port Angeles harbor opens May 10

OLYMPIA -- The recreational shrimp pot season in the Discovery Bay and Port Angeles harbor areas of the Strait of Juan de Fuca will open May 10.

In the Discovery Bay shrimp district, all spot shrimp must be immediately released unharmed. A test fishery in Discovery Bay showed that spot shrimp stocks need continued protection.

The Discovery Bay shrimp district is located south of a line from McCurdy Point on the Quimper Peninsula to the northern tip of Protection Island, then to Rocky Point on the Miller Peninsula.

In the Port Angeles shrimp district, spot shrimp less than 6 inches in length must be immediately released unharmed.

The locations of these two shrimp districts is shown on page 23 of the 1997 Fishing in Washington rules pamphlet or on the WDFW homepage (wdfw.wa.gov). Legal requirements for shrimp pots, buoys, and other regulations are also described in the pamphlet. Spot shrimp identification is illustrated on page 48 of the rules pamphlet which is available from most sport fish license dealers.

Both the Discovery Bay and Port Angeles shrimp districts remain closed to non- Indian commercial shrimp harvest.

If in-season changes are necessary they will be announced on the shellfish hotline, (360) 796-3215.