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Puget Sound crab fishing reopens Saturday

Post by Jeff Mayor / The News Tribune on Oct. 9, 2012 at 4:00 pm |
October 9, 2012 4:00 pm

Recreational crab fishing will reopen Saturday in most areas of Puget Sound. While that includes the Olympia area, the waters off Tacoma will not reopen.

The state Department of Fish and Wildlife announced Tuesday that waters reopening at 8 a.m. are marine areas 4 (Neah Bay), 5 (Sekiu), 6 (eastern Strait of Juan de Fuca), 7 (San Juan Islands), 8-1 (Deception Pass, Hope Island, and Skagit Bay), 8-2 (Port Susan and Port Gardner), 9 (Admiralty Inlet), 12 (Hood Canal) and 13 (South Puget Sound).

The openings were approved by fishery managers after summer catch assessments showed more crab are available for harvest, said Rich Childers, shellfish policy coordinator for the department.

In each area, crabbing will be allowed seven days a week through Dec. 31.
Also not reopening is Marine Area 10 (Seattle/Bremerton Area). Crabbing there and area 11 (Tacoma-Vashon Island) reached the annual quota in those areas during the summer fishery.

The daily catch limit in Puget Sound is five Dungeness crab, males only, in hard-shell condition with a minimum carapace width of 6¼ inches. In addition, fishers may catch six red rock crab of either sex per day, provided those crab measure at least 5 inches across.

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