MA1-3 Open for Bottomfish

Genie Aye

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  • Sep 25, 2008
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    WDFW NEWS RELEASE
    Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife
    1111 Washington St. SE, Olympia, WA 98501

    May 22, 2020
    Contact: Region 6, 360-249-4628

    Some recreational fishing to reopen in Washington's coastal waters
    Columbia River crabbing will also open; Marine Area 4 remains closed

    OLYMPIA – After two months of closures due to concerns surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic in Washington, many of the state's coastal waters are set to reopen for fishing on May 26, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) announced today.

    Marine areas 1-3, including Willapa Bay and Grays Harbor, will open for bottomfish, shellfish, mussels, clams, oysters, and other species as described in the Washington Sport Fishing Rules pamphlet. Crabbing on the Columbia River is also set to resume under normal regulations on May 26.

    Halibut and razor clam harvest will remain closed in these areas for now due to continued port closures and concerns about the spread of coronavirus in local communities.

    Marine Area 4 (Neah Bay) also remains closed to all recreational fishing and shellfish harvesting.

    WDFW continues to communicate with public health experts, port commissioners, and tribal co-managers regarding these opportunities in the future.

    "We've continually said we will only open fisheries when local communities feel it is safe to do so, and with the full cooperation of public health officials," said Larry Phillips, director of WDFW's coastal region. "While not everything is reopening right away, this is a huge step toward returning to typical fishing seasons along the coast. Some of Washington's best fishing takes place in the ocean, and we're excited to see people getting back out there, even if the experience is somewhat different."

    The open marine areas include waters off Washington's Pacific coast from the mouth of the Columbia River on the Washington-Oregon border north to Cape Alava on the Olympic Peninsula, as well as Willapa Bay and Grays Harbor.

    Anglers should check ahead of time if their preferred destination or launch is open. Some local marinas or facilities – including tribal lands – remain closed, and anglers should be prepared to change plans if their first choice is closed or too congested.

    Notably, the Makah and Quileute reservations, including marinas and all services, remain closed to visitors. Anglers should not attempt to access the ocean from these areas.

    Additional fishery closures may be implemented if anglers attempt to launch from closed access sites.

    Anglers will also need to follow state guidelines by continuing to recreate in their local communities, traveling only with family or other members of their immediate household, and practicing physical distancing by keeping 6 feet apart.

    "We're reopening in consultation with local public health officials, and consistent with the governor's phased approach," Phillips said. "It's extremely important that we all continue to do our part to keep ourselves and our communities safe and healthy."

    Coastal razor clam digs will remain closed. The governor's "Stay Home, Stay Healthy" order prohibits large gatherings through May 31. Razor clam digs can draw thousands to congregate in small coastal communities and on public beaches.

    Clam, mussel, and oyster harvest also remains closed on Puget Sound beaches (marine areas 5-13) at this time.

    The Governor's Office authorized guide and charter fishing services to reopen on May 14, though they are subject to a number of new requirements, including a limit on the number of passengers depending on their home county's phase of reopening. More information about those requirements can be found at http://www.governor.wa.gov/sites/default/files/COVID19Phase1and2OutdoorRecreationGuidance.pdf.

    Anglers interested in booking a trip with a charter or guide should check in with the operator regarding their availability. WDFW and charter/guiding industry representatives continue to work with the Governor's Office to reopen operations under the phased approach to outdoor recreation. Many of these businesses, which are critical to the economic stability of coastal communities, are currently restricted or not operating at full capacity.

    As always, anglers should check the Washington Sport Fishing Rules pamphlet at https://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/regulations and WDFW's emergency rules page at https://fortress.wa.gov/dfw/erules/efishrules/ before heading out, and download the Fish Washington mobile app for up-to-date regulations at their destination.

    The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife is the state agency tasked with preserving, protecting, and perpetuating fish, wildlife, and ecosystems, while providing sustainable fishing, hunting, and other recreation opportunities.



    Persons with disabilities who need to receive this information in an alternative format or who need reasonable accommodations to participate in WDFW-sponsored public meetings or other activities may contact Dolores Noyes by phone (360-902-2349), TTY (360-902-2207), or email ([email protected]). For more information, see http://wdfw.wa.gov/accessibility/reasonable_request.html.

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    Happy Daze

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    May 17, 2011
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    The reason for not being able to fish in area 4 in everybody’s ocean feels like I got kicked the the one nut I do have left. As most of you know I have supported WDFW for a very long time. But after this shit sandwich tonight I beleave WDFW upper management let us all down. I sure in the hell hope they get there shit together before the June 20th Salmon opener. I have supported the Makah tribe for 30 plus years since I was in the Coast Guard up there. I still support them in closing there reservation to outsiders but to get the ocean closed when we would not make land fall on there land is wrong. If you feel the same way I do please let Kelly Cunningham and Ron Warren at WDFW Here your concerns. Rant over and Cheers HD:spank:
     
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    Chasin' Tail

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    Aug 10, 2008
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    Should be able to fish bottomfish in MA4, and motor there from Sekiu. Such crap.

    Now its more obvious than we already knew.... the Tribe runs the show & WDFW just gives us lip service
     
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    slicklasers

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    Aug 21, 2012
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    Man the north coast tribes are really being stubborn aren't they...guess I'll run from CQ to area 3...
    I'm gonna do the same thing... running the boat up from DesMoines to Pt Townsend on the 27th for shrimping in area 6 from the 28th-31st, then running on to Sekiu. Boat will stay there until mid july or so... let me know when you want to make the run (always good to have a buddy boat when you go that far)
     
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    dragonballs

    I'm off probation
  • Mar 28, 2008
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    This is a total ass fuck. What logic is in play here other than tribal politics. Fuck gov enslee and everyone else. I can’t believe this can be legal and would love to hear how the fucking CCA is here to support us. All you cars carrying bucket thumping CCA supporters can suck dick. How much are we going to continue to let this shit happen. I appreciate what you all do but this false hope of we will get a little is no longer acceptable. Fuck them. I am going tuna fishing when they get here. And you won’t find my ass in la piss or Neah bitch ever. Or their fucking casinos in this entire state. I am tired of being the racist (by label) when they are pulling the strings and controlling what this shit democratic state wants

    don’t even bother liking this because my phone will notify me and then I have to get worked up each time. 🖕🖕🖕🖕🖕🖕
     
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    Captain Decent

    The Bert makes ‘em Squirt
    Nov 2, 2017
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    This is a total ass fuck. What logic is in play here other than tribal politics. Fuck gov enslee and everyone else. I can’t believe this can be legal and would love to hear how the fucking CCA is here to support us. All you cars carrying bucket thumping CCA supporters can suck dick. How much are we going to continue to let this shit happen. I appreciate what you all do but this false hope of we will get a little is no longer acceptable. Fuck them. I am going tuna fishing when they get here. And you won’t find my ass in la piss or Neah bitch ever. Or their fucking casinos in this entire state. I am tired of being the racist (by label) when they are pulling the strings and controlling what this shit democratic state wants

    don’t even bother liking this because my phone will notify me and then I have to get worked up each time. 🖕🖕🖕🖕🖕🖕

    Tried to reply but I couldn’t form a coherent response. Suffice it to say that “cucks” was mentioned multiple times.

    All I know is I keep hearing From our reps to embrace our fishing allies, be they the tribes, commies and/or charter fleet. Those groups have run a train on us lowly recs for the longest time.
     
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    Chasin' Tail

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    Aug 10, 2008
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    I'm gonna do the same thing... running the boat up from DesMoines to Pt Townsend on the 27th for shrimping in area 6 from the 28th-31st, then running on to Sekiu. Boat will stay there until mid july or so... let me know when you want to make the run (always good to have a buddy boat when you go that far)

    Just an FYI, The WDFW 's official release on MA6 shrimp has it open May 28, then closed until June 1.. Then Open from June 1-13...

    Guess they don't want anyone shrimping on the Weekend and on a decent tide... MF'ers.
     
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    Kool-Aid

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    Just an FYI, The WDFW 's official release on MA6 shrimp has it open May 28, then closed until June 1.. Then Open from June 1-13...

    Guess they don't want anyone shrimping on the Weekend and on a decent tide... MF'ers.

    I caught this too. Based a 3 day shrimp trip on the original table we all saw...then realized they’re gonna shut it down for a couple of days on the actual official release.
     
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    Randy G

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    This is bull shit, there is no reason we can't run from area 5 and fish in 4. Were not putting a foot on their sovereign soil. This is the Makah tribe calling the shots here. This just like state shutting down snow creek, the last three owners told me the tribe hated them being there and look what happened to them. Bottom line is the tribes make large contributions to Democratic party and this state being a left wing state, the tribe pretty much do what they want. Why is it that the sporties always get the short end of the stick, when our dollars contribute the most! IE, Sales tax on the boat and trailer, annual tabes, and if your boat is over 18' and excise tax. Taxes on gas, bait, lures, poles, reels, crab and shrimp pot and everything else to make them fish, moorage, launch fees, fishing license. I could go on and on, but the there is some thing wrong with this 50/50 management system. So frustrating!!!
     
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    dragonballs

    I'm off probation
  • Mar 28, 2008
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    Post the link so we don’t have to do any more work.
     
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