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RFT asked me to make a sticky topic about the closures and thought it was a great idea! This to be a source for links to state government actions impacting use of resources for fishing/boating. I've listed some for WA please feel welcome to add other links as well as for other states as well. This will remain a sticky topic until the pandemic is over. Please, links only, no discussion.

WA Dept of Fish and Wildlife - https://wdfw.wa.gov/about/covid-19-upda ... UE6B7uUl7Q

WA Parks Dept - https://parks.state.wa.us/

Lake Roosevelt National Recreation Area - https://www.nps.gov/laro/index.htm
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http://wdfw.wa.gov/

March 25, 2020
Contact: Kelly Cunningham, 360-902-2325
Public Affairs contact: Ben Anderson, 360-480-4465

WDFW closes recreational fishing statewide in wake of governor's order to 'Stay Home, Stay Healthy' in response to COVID-19

OLYMPIA – The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) today announced its decision to temporarily close recreational fishing and shellfishing statewide in the wake of Washington Gov. Jay Inslee's order directing Washingtonians to stay home and stay healthy to limit the spread of coronavirus/COVID-19.

The closures will begin at midnight Wednesday, March 25 and last until at least 5 p.m. on April 8, 2020. WDFW will re-evaluate on April 6 whether the closure may need to be extended.

"This is not a decision we take lightly, but it's the right thing to do for the health and well-being of Washington's families," said WDFW Director Kelly Susewind. "Monday's extraordinary order for the residents of our state to stay home requires all of us to work together to ensure these measures have the intended effect."

Fishery managers have reported that some anglers have been seen crowding banks as concerns over coronavirus have continued.

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WA state parks closure extended to May 4th, WDFW fishing and hunting announcement expected Apr 6th...
WDFW NEWS RELEASE
Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife
1111 Washington St. SE, Olympia, WA 98501
http://wdfw.wa.gov/
April 3, 2020

Contacts

• WDFW: Rachel Blomker, Communications Manager, 360-701-3101
• DNR: Paige DeChambeau, Recreation Communications Manager, 360-902-1023
• Parks: Toni Droscher, Communications Manager, 360-790-8745

State lands closure extended to May 4

In accordance with the governor's extension of the "Stay Home, Stay Healthy" order, all state lands will continue to be closed to the public through May 4.

OLYMPIA – The state Department of Natural Resources (DNR), Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission (Parks), and the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) announced today the extended closure of state lands to the public through May 4. The closure coincides with the extension of Gov. Jay Inslee's "Stay Home, Stay Healthy" order.

This action is a continuation of the state's efforts to protect residents by stemming the spread of the coronavirus. This extension will apply to all camping on state lands, boat launches and water access sites, wildlife areas, and day-use recreation areas.

"The decision to extend the closure of public lands was an extremely difficult one. I share the sense of disconnection and loss that we are all feeling by not being able to be out in nature," said Commissioner of Public Lands Hilary Franz, the elected official who leads DNR. "Our trails, campgrounds, and outdoor spaces are core to who we are in the Washington, but this temporary sacrifice is necessary to turn the tide and protect our loved ones and neighbors. We have the responsibility to do what we must to save as many lives as possible."

WDFW Director Kelly Susewind added, "We know many Washingtonians find great solace in spending time on the water or in the wilderness, and we are taking these painful steps only because of the urgent need to protect the health and well-being of our neighbors and communities."

WDFW anticipates additional fishing and hunting season announcements on Monday, April 6. Updates will be shared at wdfw.wa.gov.

"We understand and appreciate the hardship the park's closure has on the outdoor-recreating public," said Parks Director Don Hoch. "Most of our staff work for Parks because of their passion for the outdoors, and many of them have had to be reassigned to indoor work during this crisis. We all need to do whatever we can to help contain the spread of this virus. That means postponing a trip to a state park and staying home and staying healthy."

Campers who have state parks reservations through May 4 will be notified and offered a full refund. Visitors can find the latest information about State Park operations at parks.state.wa.us/COVID19.

People should continue to practice social distancing and good hygiene when outdoors and continue to stay as close to home as possible. DNR, WDFW, and Parks will continue to monitor this issue and will keep the public informed of the latest updates.
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New posting regarding closures

https://wdfw.wa.gov/about/covid-19-updates

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Have you guys seen anything regarding crabbing? I couldn’t find anything as to if it will be opening.

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WDFW to re-open some fishing and hunting May 5th - https://wdfw.wa.gov/about/covid-19-updates

See also, state recreation lands update - https://wdfw.wa.gov/news/state-recreati ... y-use-only
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So no halibut or shrimping why bother.

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