This is from an email list-server I recieve: THREE NEW MARINE SANCTUARIES ESTABLISHED IN PUGET SOUND On Monday, 25 March, the Washington Fish & Wildlife Commission approved creation of a new marine conservation area at Keystone off Whidbey Island and new marine preserves at Zee's Reef off Fox Island near Gig Harbor and at Admiralty Head off Whidbey Island. According to a 27 March announcement, the Zee's Reef Marine Preserve marks the first underwater rocky habitat south of the Tacoma Narrows to be designated for protection by the Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife (WDFW). The area will remain open for recreational salmon fly fishing only, but otherwise will be closed to fishing to protect rockfish and other marine fish species. The marine preserve designation for Admiralty Head allows harvest of sea urchin and sea cucumber while protecting other species. In other action, the Commission approved a change in the designation for an underwater area off Sund Rock on Hood Canal from a marine protected area to a marine conservation area. The change will prohibit all fishing activity in the conservation area. Following the recommendation of WDFW staff, the Commission did not act on two other proposals to create marine sanctuaries at Scatchet Head off Whidbey Island and Rosario Beach in the San Juan Islands. In the case of Scatchet Head, a boundary could not be determined that would be enforceable to boaters without radar or global positioning system (GPS) devices onboard. The Rosario Beach proposal was withdrawn pending further discussion between WDFW and local government, State Parks and commercial divers. For more information, call (360) 902-2826.