Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife FISHING RULE CHANGE
600 Capitol Way North, Olympia, WA 98501-1091

October 9, 2003

Crab fishing to close in most of Puget Sound

Action: The recreational crab fishery will close in all Marine Areas except 4, 5, 6 and 10, at 6:00 p.m. October 15, 2003, until further notice.

Effective date: October 15, 2003, at 6:00 p.m.

Species affected: Dungeness and red rock crab

Location: The Marine Areas 7, 9, 11, 12, and 13 will close at 6:00 pm October 15. Marine Areas 8-1 and 8-2 are currently closed.

Reason for action: Sport harvest estimates obtained by phone surveys of Catch Record Card holders show that recreational harvest in these Marine Areas in Puget Sound, exceeded target levels.

Other information: Marine Areas 4, 5, 6 and 10 will remain open until further notice. Possible increases in harvest allocations may allow for recreational opportunity during the winter months in some areas.