On June 1 I observed a commercial crabbing boat laying down crab pots in a line from Saltwater State Park almost to the Des Moines Marina. I called the Department of Fisheries with the boat name and was told the boat belonged to the Puyallup Indians.
The representative said no commercial boats can crab this area but the Indians can do what they want. He said that the Puyallup Tribe declared their crabbing season to begin June 1.
It is one thing to crab sporadically around the Sound but to completely wipe out an area fishery because it is easy and they can is not reasonable. I am looking out my window at three crab pots less that 50 yards apart and a kicker boat harvesting the crab with a winch. They have pots as far south as I can see.
It looks like they will harvest 75 percent to 90 percent of what is here. What happened to the 50 percent allowed by the Boldt decision? It looks like they will wipe out the crab fishery south of Des Moines Marina for this year because they can.