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

October 9, 2012

Most Puget Sound marine areas to open for winter recreational crab fishing

Action: Opens winter recreational crab fishing.

Effective Dates: 8:00 a.m. Oct. 13 through 5:00 p.m. Dec. 31, 2012.

Species affected: Dungeness and red rock crab.

Location: Marine Areas 4 east of the Bonilla Tatoosh Line, 5, 6 , 7, 8-1, 8-2, 9, 12, and 13.

Reason for action: To provide wintertime crabbing opportunity in these Marine Areas.

Other information: The winter recreational crab season is open 7 days per week. All other crab rules regarding gear, a daily limit of five Dungeness crab, males only, in hard-shell condition with a minimum carapace width of 6-1/4 inches remain in effect. Marine Areas 10 and 11 will not open for winter harvest.

Information Contact: Don Velasquez (425) 775-1311 ext. 112

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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