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Bradley Smith, Ph.D., Chair
Larry Carpenter, Vice Chair


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POLICY  TITLE:  Management Objectives For Coastal Dungeness Crab POLICY NUMBER:  POL-C3604  
Cancels:  C-3604 (Effective 11/1/96-8/6/99)  Effective Date:  August 6, 1999 
    Termination Date:   
See Also:   Approved by:  /s/ Kelly D. White 
      Fish and Wildlife Commission Chair 

DOWNLOAD: Signed copy of POL-C3604 (PDF)


  • To protect the reproductive capacity of the stock
  • To involve the commercial fishing industry representatives in the management of the fishery.
  • To protect public health
  • To maximize the economic benefit from the resource
  • To adopt regulations which seek to achieve safe and orderly fisheries
  • To provide a sustainable Dungeness crab fishery of high quality product consistent with the "even flow" legislative mandate
  • To provide support to industry buyback initiatives
  • To protect Dungeness crab habitat


  • Comply with the federal court order relative to treaty/non-treaty sharing of coastal shellfish resources
  • Manage the fishery to primarily benefit the commercial fishery
  • Cooperate with other states' fish and wildlife agencies
  • Seek to achieve a fair and equitable distribution across industry sectors of the effects resulting from the design and implementation of "even flow" management measures
  • Manage the coastal Dungeness crab fishery consistent with the preferred alternative in the Even Flow Harvest Management Plan.