Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife FISHING RULE CHANGE
WASHINGTON DEPARTMENT OF FISH AND WILDLIFE
600 Capitol Way North, Olympia, WA 98501-1091

May 25, 2005

Puget Sound Recreational crab fishery

Action: Sets season for recreational crab fishery in Puget Sound

Effective dates: Marine areas 4 (Neah Bay), 5 (Sekiu) and 13 (south Puget Sound) will open June 18 seven days per week. Marine areas 6 (eastern Strait of Juan de Fuca), 7 South (San Juan Islands), 8-1 (Deception Pass to East Point), 8-2 (East Point to Possession Point), 9 (Admiralty Inlet), 10 (Seattle/Bremerton), 11 (Tacoma/Vashion) and 12 (Hood Canal) will open July 1, Wednesday through Saturday, plus the entire Labor Day weekend, before closing the evening of Sept. 5 for a catch assessment. Marine Area 7 East (Anacortes to Bellingham) will open July 16, Wednesday through Saturday, plus the entire Labor Day weekend, closing for a catch assessment Sept. 30. Marine Area 7 North (Bellingham to Point Roberts) will open Aug. 17, Wednesday through Saturday, plus the entire Labor Day weekend, closing for a catch assessment Sept. 30.

Species affected: Dungeness and Red Rock Crab

Location: Marine Areas 4 east of the Bonilla-Tatoosh line and Marine Areas 5 through 13.

Other information: The Dungeness crab daily limit is 5 male crab 6 1/4 inch minimum in Marine Areas 4 east of the Bonilla-Tatoosh line and Marine Areas 5 through 13. The daily limit for Red rock crab is 6 crab, 5 inch minimum, any sex.

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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