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

December 22, 2020

Crabbing to close in Marine Area 2-1 and remains closed in Marine Areas 1, 2-2, and a portion of Marine Area 2

Action: Closes all recreational crabbing.

Effective date: Immediately, until further notice.

Species affected: Crab

Location: Waters of Marine Area 1, Marine area 2 south of Point Chehalis, Marine Area 2-1 (Willapa Bay) and Marine Area 2-2 (Grays Harbor) .

Reason for action: Test results from the Washington Department of Health show that crab in these areas are not safe for human consumption. Levels of domoic acid, detected through routine testing have exceeded the federally established action level.

Additional Information: While the Columbia River and the portion of Marine Area 2 north of Point Chehalis are open please check for possible closures before heading out as testing continues in these areas.

Information contact: Region 6, 360-249-4628

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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