Rockfish rules for the coastal portion of Marine Area 4 will not change from last year. Anglers fishing west of the Bonilla-Tatoosh line in Marine Area 4 will have a 10-rockfish daily limit and must release all canary and yelloweye rockfish.
The restriction was part of a package of sportfishing rules adopted by the commission in February. Today, the commission – a nine-member citizen panel that sets policy for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) – agreed that more public input was necessary before considering extending the new rule to all of Marine Area 4.
WDFW plans this year to begin a comprehensive review, with opportunities for public input, of groundfish management in the western Strait of Juan de Fuca and coastal waters.