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

December 12, 2003

Recreational crab fishery to close in Puget Sound December 14

Action: Closes remainder of open areas in Puget Sound for recreational crab harvest.

Effective date: 4:00 p.m. December 14, 2003

Species affected: Dungeness and red rock crab

Location: Marine Areas 4, 5, 6 and 10.

Reason for action: Closes the remaining Puget Sound Catch Areas to crab harvest to meet allocation needs.

Other information: All other areas were closed earlier in the season. The next regularly scheduled recreational crab season will occur next spring, once the shellfish have gone through their annual molt.

Information contact: Therese Cain, Point Whitney (360) 586-1498 ext 210; Rich Childers, Point Whitney (360) 586-1498 ext 400; Steve Burton or Don Velasquez, Mill Creek Regional Office, (425) 775-1311.

Fishers must have a current Washington fishing license, appropriate to the fishery. Check the WDFW "Fishing in Washington" rules pamphlet for details on fishing seasons and regulations. Fishing rules are subject to change. Check the WDFW Fishing hotline for the latest rule information at (360) 902-2500, press 2 for recreational rules. For the Shellfish Rule Change hotline call (360)796-3215 or toll free 1-866-880-5431.

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