Bottomfish closure seaward of 30 fathoms in Marine Area 2

Species affected:   All species of bottomfish, including lingcod

Location:   Marine Area 2  (see the Fishing in Washington rule pamphlet, online at http://wdfw.wa.gov/fish/regs/fishregs.htm , for area descriptions).

Reason for action:   Canary and yelloweye rockfish are two of seven overfished groundfish stocks, which are managed under rebuilding plans by the Pacific Fishery Management Council.  The Pacific Council has adopted harvest guidelines for canary rockfish for state recreational fisheries to ensure that rebuilding goals are achieved. 

Depth restrictions have been effective in avoiding early canary and yelloweye rockfish harvest guideline attainment.  The Pacific Fisheries Management Council adopted these management measures for the 2009 season to provide continued protection to yelloweye rockfish.