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The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) 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), according to a WDFW press release on Wednesday.
The closures, which went into effect March 25, are expected to last until April 8. The closure, however, is expected to be extended in the coming days. WDFW Director Kelly Susewind defended the controversial decision in the release. “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 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.”
WDFW Fish Program Director Kelly Cunningham notes that as concerns over the coronavirus continued, anglers were seen crowding banks in local fishing areas. "We’ve seen an uptick in outdoor recreation at some locations in recent weeks as people have looked for ways to get outside,” said Cunningham. “We’ve had reports of crowded boat rapms and busy fishing on some rivers, which runs counter to the governor’s direction to stay home and practice social distancing.”
Several states are also taking measures to limit access, but have thus far not closed fishing.
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