Potential bad news for July 1st openers...

Discussion in 'Saltwater' started by yellowlab, Jun 26, 2013.

  1. yellowlab Active Member

    Posts: 2,605
    In a van... down by the river, WA
    Ratings: +89 / 8
    Has anyone heard of this for the upcoming July 1st opener? Does it mean that even crab and our local area waters will close?!?!? I had sent an email to WDFW for clarification on a matter but got this response from Kirt M Hughes (DFW)

    "Just a side note regarding the July 1 opener for Marine Area 12 and other fisheries slated to open July 1, absent an agreed to budget from the legislature these fisheries will remain closed and fisheries already open will close. These closures are needed because WDFW staff like other state employees will be on temporary layoff and monitoring of fisheries will not occur. Monitoring fisheries is required to ensure conservation as we are legally mandated.

    Thank you for taking the time to contact us to better understand the fishing regulations ensuring that you too are supporting conservation while at the same time legally enjoying the fishing opportunity available in Washington at this time."