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

May 15, 2003

Crab fishing to open in all waters of Marine Areas 9 and 12 on June 1, 2003

Action: The recreational crab fishery in all waters of Marine Areas 9 and 12 will open to all sport crabbing seven days per week, starting June 1, 2003, until further notice.

Effective date: June 1, 2003, at 7 a.m.

Species affected: Dungeness and red rock crab

Location: The areas to be opened include Admiralty Inlet, from Apple Cove Point to Partridge Point, Port Townsend Bay, and all of Hood Canal.

Reason for action: A new quota for each area is available beginning June 1. In addition, shell condition testing indicates the molt has been completed and both areas can open for harvest.

Other information: The southern portion of Marine Area 8-2 opened on May 16, 2003, Fridays through Mondays only. Catch projections indicate the sport quota in that area will be taken by August 11, 2003, at which time the area will close to sport harvesting. The area will reopen for winter harvest opportunities If additional quota remains, based on September catch record card survey data. All other Marine Areas in Puget Sound are currently closed to sport crabbing. Fishers are reminded to record their Dungeness crab catch on their catch record card immediately when crab are kept.

Information contact: Therese Cain, Point Whitney (360) 586-1498 ext 210; Rich Childers, Point Whitney (360) 586-1498 ext 400; Steve Burton, Don Velasquez or David Meister, Mill Creek Regional Office, (425) 775-1311.

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.