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

December 23, 2015

Marine Area 12 and a portion of Marine Area 9 will remain open for crab harvest

Action: Sport crabbing to remain open in Hood Canal (Marine Area 12) and a portion of Marine Area 9.

Effective Dates: Immediately through 5:00 p.m. Feb. 28, 2016.

Species affected: Dungeness and red rock crab.

Locations: Marine Area 12 and that portion of Marine Area 9 north of the Hood Canal Bridge to the Foulweather Bluff to Olele Point line.

Reason for action: Surveys indicate there are sufficient crabs available to allow for two more months of crabbing in these areas.

Other information: All other areas of Puget Sound will close at 5:00 p.m. Dec. 31, 2015. Everyone still needs submit their winter CRCs or report crab catch online by February 1 (even if you are crabbing or going to crab in Hood Canal or the open portion of Marine Area 9 during January/February). You will not need to carry a CRC during January/February when crabbing in Hood Canal or the open portion of Marine Area 9, however, you will need to carry a current shellfish license with a Puget Sound crab endorsement.

In lieu of the CRC data, WDFW will be conducting field based surveys to estimate the recreational catch in Hood Canal for January/February.

Please note that crab abundance is noticeably higher in the northern portion of Hood Canal compared to the southern portion,

Check the current shellfish section of the WDFW webpage at http: //wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/shellfish for details on shellfish seasons and regulations.

Information Contact: Mark O' Toole, (360) 466-4345 Ext. 241 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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