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

May 19, 1997
Contact: Chuck Bolland, (360) 902-2255

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Westport halibut fishery closes tomorrow

WESTPORT -- The recreational halibut fishery in Marine Area 2 (Leadbetter Point to the Queets River) will close at 11:59 p.m. tomorrow, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife announced today.

The area is closing because the recreational halibut harvest of 20,483 pounds has been exceeded. Halibut caught in other Marine Areas may not be in possession in Area 2.

Areas remaining open to halibut fishing include Marine Area 1 (Ilwaco) seven days a week and Marine Areas 3 and 4 (LaPush and Neah Bay) Tuesdays through Saturdays.

Marine Areas 4B and 5 - 13 (Strait of Juan de Fuca and Puget Sound) are scheduled to open Thursday and remain open through Aug. 10 on Thursday through Monday.