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

December 29, 2020

Crabbing to close in all waters of Marine area 2 and remains closed in Marine Areas 1, 2-1, 2-2

Action: Closes all recreational crabbing.

Effective date: Immediately, until further notice.

Species affected: Crab

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

Reason for action: Test results from the Washington Department of Health (DOH) 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 is open please check for possible closures before heading out as testing continues. DOH recommends that crabbers who are fishing outside of the current closure area remove the crab viscera from their catch - to avoid any exposure to possible toxins.

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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