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

February 7, 2003

Willapa Bay closed to crab fishing

Actions: Closes Willapa Bay to recreational crab harvest

Effective date: Immediately

Species affected: All species of crab

Location: Willapa Bay

Reason for action: This action is necessary to insure public health. Department of Health samples show that levels of domoic acid in crab viscera have exceeded the action level of 30 parts per million.

Other information: This parallels a Willapa Bay closure for commercial crab harvest. All coastal areas have been, and will continue to be, tested for domoic acid. Crab from other coastal areas is safe for consumption. Crab harvested prior to the closure should be cleaned before cooking.

Information contact: Heather Reed, WDFW, 360-249-1202. Frank Cox, Washington Department of Health, 360-236-3309.