Washington bans recreational fishing, shellfishing to slow coronavirus spread
, which required Washington residents to stay 中国体彩票手机版下载 unless out for an “essential activity.”
“We’ve seen an uptick in outdoor recreation at some locations in recent weeks as people have looked for ways to get outside,” WDFW Fish Program director Kelly Cunningham said in a issued Wednesday. “We’ve had reports of crowded boat ramps and busy fishing on some rivers, which runs counter to the governor’s direction to stay 中国体彩票手机版下载 and practice social distancing.”
“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,
, fishing and shellfishing seasons will be closed for at least two weeks. Access to wildlife areas and water access areas will also be restricted for that same time period.
Similarly, the has temporarily closed all state-managed wildlife areas or water access points for two weeks.
Hunting seasons, meanwhile, are currently “not impacted” by any restrictions, WDFW confirmed.
“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,” added WDFW director Kelly Susewind, per the . “[The governor’s] extraordinary order for the residents of our state to stay 中国体彩票手机版下载 requires all of us to work together to ensure these measures have the intended effect.”
WDFW says officers will remain on duty to enforce the ban over the next few weeks.
Meanwhile, Michigan’s Fish, Wildlife and Parks Department is recommending that sportsmen practice social “fishtancing,” urging that they stay six feet apart — or, in their words, “4 trout” or “2 shovelnose sturgeon” apart.