Recreational halibut fishing closed in Westport area

Recreational Halibut fishing in the ocean waters near Westport has been closed.

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife says that the all-depth recreational halibut fishery in Marine Area 2 listed as the Westport area has been closed.

They say the nearshore area will remain open seven days a week until further notice.

According to the WDFW the Marine Area 2 recreational halibut fishery has taken the Pacific Halibut quota set aside for the all depth fishery and there are not enough quota pounds remaining for another day.

They say there is sufficient quota set aside to allow fishing in the Marine Area 2 Nearshore Area until further notice.

This rule conforms to federal action taken by the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) and the International Pacific Halibut Commission (IPHC).

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