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Puget Sound Commercial Dungeness Crab Fishery

Note: The following regulations are the opening emergency regulations for the 2015-2016 season. In-season emergency regulations will be posted on this site as they occur. You can also call the Commercial Crab Hotline at the number posted to the left of this page for the latest emergency regulations.

Puget Sound is home to two fleets of commercial vessels, Tribal and State. The State commercial crab fleet possesses about 248 licenses. The fishery is currently limited to this number of licenses, however current license holders may transfer an existing license to a new party. Information on Tribal fishing in Puget Sound is available through the Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission.

Crab Commercial Fishing Regions

Commercial Crab Fishery Information

The State emergency commercial fishery regulations:

NOTICE: Region 1, Region 3-1 and Region 3-3 will close at 8 PM on Friday, March 31, 2017.


NOTICE: Region 3-2 closed at 8 PM on Sunday, March 26, 2017. 


NOTICE: A regulation was FINALIZED increasing the pot limits in Region 1 from 50 pots per license to 75 pots per license starting at 8:00 AM on Friday, March 10th, 2017. 


NOTICE: Region 2 East CLOSED at 5:30 PM on Wednesday, February 15th, 2017


Region 1 and Region 3-1 will remain open with a pot limit of 50 pots per license

Region 3-3 will remain open with a pot limit of 75 pots per license

**All remaining buoy tags for each license MUST be onboard the vessel and available for inspection.

11th Puget Sound Commercial Crab Emergency Regulation (3/23/2017)

ORDER NO. 17-58


N E W   S E C T I O N


   WAC 220-340-42000B   Commercial crab fishery—unlawful acts.


 Notwithstanding the provisions of WAC 220-340-420:


(1) Effective 8:00 AM, Friday, March 24, 2017, until 8:00 PM, Sunday, March 26, 2017, it is unlawful for any person to fish for crabs for commercial purposes with more than 30 pots per license per buoy tag number in Crab Management Region 3-2.  This region includes Marine Fish-Shellfish Catch Reporting Areas 23D, 25A, and 25E.


(2) Effective immediately, until further notice, it is unlawful for any person to fish for crabs for commercial purposes with more than 75 pots per license per buoy tag number in Crab Management Region 1, and Region 3-3.  These regions include Marine Fish-Shellfish Catch Reporting Areas 20A, 20B, 21A, 21B, 22A, 22B, 23C and 29.


(3) Effective immediately, until further notice, it is unlawful for any person to fish for crabs for commercial purposes with more than 50 pots per license per buoy tag number in Crab Management Region 3-1. The region includes Marine Fish-Shellfish Catch Reporting Areas 23A, and 23B.


(4) All remaining buoy tags per license per region must be onboard the designated vessel and available for immediate inspection.


(5) Effective 8:01 PM, Sunday, March 26, 2017, Crab Management Region 3-2 is CLOSED. This region includes Marine Fish-Shellfish Catch Reporting Areas 23D, 25A, and 25E.


(6) Effective 8:01 PM, Friday, March 31, 2017, Crab Management Region 1, Region 3-1 and Region 3-3 are CLOSED. These regions include Marine Fish-Shellfish Catch Reporting Areas 20A, 20B, 21A, 21B, 22A, 22B, 23A, 23B, 23C and 29.


(7) Effective immediately, until further notice, Crab Management Region 2 East is CLOSED. This region includes Marine Fish-Shellfish Catch Reporting Areas 24A, 24B, 24C, 24D and 26A East.


(8) Effective immediately, until further notice, Crab Management Region 2 West is CLOSED. This region includes Marine Fish-Shellfish Catch Reporting Areas 25B, 25D and 26A West.


N E W   S E C T I O N


   WAC 220-340-45500B Commercial crab fishery--Seasons and areas--Puget Sound.                      


Notwithstanding the provisions of  WAC 220-340-455:


(1) Effective 8:00 AM, Tuesday, March 24, 2017, until 8:00 PM, Friday, March 26, 2017, the following areas are closed to commercial crab fishing:


(a) That portion of Marine Fish-Shellfish Management and Catch Reporting Area 25A west of the 123o 7.0’ longitude line projected from the new Dungeness light due south to the shore of Dungeness Bay.


(b) That portion of Marine Fish-Shellfish Management and Catch Reporting Area 23D west of a line from the eastern tip of Ediz Hook to the ITT Rayonier Dock.


R E P E A L E R S


   The following sections of the Washington Administrative code are repealed effective 7:59 a.m., March 24, 2017:


            WAC 220-340-42000A   Commercial crab fishery—Lawful and unlawful gear, methods, and other unlawful acts. (17-52)           

            WAC 220-340-45500A   Commercial crab fishery--Seasons and areas--Puget Sound. (17-52)

10th Puget Sound Commercial Crab Emergency Regulation (3/20/2017)

                                                        ORDER NO. 17-52

  N E W   S E C T I O N


   WAC 220-340-42000A   Commercial crab fishery—unlawful acts.


 Notwithstanding the provisions of WAC 220-340-420:


(1) Effective at 8:00 AM, Tuesday, March 21, 2017, until 7:00 PM, Friday, March 24, 2017, it is unlawful for any person to fish for crabs for commercial purposes with more than 30 pots per license per buoy tag number in Crab Management Region 3-2.  This region includes Marine Fish-Shellfish Catch Reporting Areas 23D, 25A, and 25E.


(2) Effective at 7:01 PM, Friday, March 24, 2017, Crab Management Region 3-2 is CLOSED. This region includes Marine Fish-Shellfish Catch Reporting Areas 23D, 25A, and 25E.


(3) Effective immediately, until further notice, it is unlawful for any person to fish for crabs for commercial purposes with more than 75 pots per license per buoy tag number in Crab Management Region 1, and Region 3-3.  These regions include Marine Fish-Shellfish Catch Reporting Areas 20A, 20B, 21A, 21B, 22A, 22B, 23A, 23C and 29.


(4) Effective immediately, until further notice, it is unlawful for any person to fish for crabs for commercial purposes with more than 50 pots per license per buoy tag number in Crab Management Region 3-1. The region includes Marine Fish-Shellfish Catch Reporting Areas 23A, and 23B.            

(5) All remaining buoy tags per license per region must be onboard the designated vessel and available for immediate inspection.

(6) Effective immediately, until further notice, Crab Management Region 2 East is CLOSED. This region includes Marine Fish-Shellfish Catch Reporting Areas 24A, 24B, 24C, 24D and 26A East.


(7) Effective immediately, until further notice, Crab Management Region 2 West is CLOSED. This region includes Marine Fish-Shellfish Catch Reporting Areas 25B, 25D and 26A West.


N E W   S E C T I O N


   WAC 220-340-45500A  Commercial crab fishery--Seasons and areas--Puget Sound.                      


Notwithstanding the provisions of  WAC 220-340-455: 


(1) Effective at 8:00 AM, Tuesday, March 21, 2017, until 7:00 PM, Friday, March 24, 2017, the following areas are closed to commercial crab fishing:


(a) That portion of Marine Fish-Shellfish Management and Catch Reporting Area 25A west of the 123o 7.0’ longitude line projected from the new Dungeness light due south to the shore of Dungeness Bay.


(b) That portion of Marine Fish-Shellfish Management and Catch Reporting Area 23D west of a line from the eastern tip of Ediz Hook to the ITT Rayonier Dock.

 

R E P E A L E R


   The following section of the Washington Administrative code is repealed effective 7:59 AM, Tuesday, March 21, 2017:


            WAC 220-52-04000E   Commercial crab fishery—Lawful and unlawful gear, methods, and other unlawful acts. (17-45)


9th Puget Sound Commercial Crab Emergency Regulation (3/8/2017)

                                                     ORDER NO. 17-45


  N E W   S E C T I O N


   WAC 220-52-04000E   Commercial crab fishery—Lawful and unlawful gear, methods, and other unlawful acts.


 Notwithstanding the provisions of WAC 220-52-040:


(1) Effective immediately, until further notice, it is unlawful for any person to fish for crabs for commercial purposes with more than 75 pots per license per buoy tag number in Crab Management Region 1, and Region 3-3.  These regions include Marine Fish-Shellfish Catch Reporting Areas 20A, 20B, 21A, 21B, 22A, 22B, 23A, 23C and 29.


(2) Effective immediately, until further notice, it is unlawful for any person to fish for crabs for commercial purposes with more than 50 pots per license per buoy tag number in Crab Management Region 3-1. The region includes Marine Fish-Shellfish Catch Reporting Areas 23A, and 23B.


(3) All remaining buoy tags per license per region must be onboard the designated vessel and available for immediate inspection.


(4) Effective immediately, until further notice, Crab Management Region 2 East is CLOSED. This region includes Marine Fish-Shellfish Catch Reporting Areas 24A, 24B, 24C, 24D and 26A East.


(5) Effective immediately, until further notice, Crab Management Region 2 West is CLOSED. This region includes Marine Fish-Shellfish Catch Reporting Areas 25B, 25D and 26A West.


(6) Effective immediately, until further notice, Crab Management Region 3-2 is CLOSED. This region includes Marine Fish-Shellfish Catch Reporting Areas 23D, 25A, and 25E.


R E P E A L E R 


   The following section of the Washington Administrative code is repealed effective 6:30 p.m., March 9, 2017:


            WAC 220-52-04000D   Commercial crab fishery—Lawful and unlawful gear, methods, and other unlawful acts. (17-28)

8th Puget Sound Commercial Crab Emergency Regulation (2/13/2017)

                                                       ORDER NO. 17-28


  N E W   S E C T I O N


   WAC 220-52-04000D   Commercial crab fishery—Lawful and unlawful gear, methods, and other unlawful acts.


 Notwithstanding the provisions of WAC 220-52-040:


(1) Effective immediately, until further notice, it is unlawful for any person to fish for crabs for commercial purposes with more than 50 pots per license per buoy tag number in Crab Management Region 1, and Region 3-1.  These regions include Marine Fish-Shellfish Catch Reporting Areas 20A, 20B, 21A, 21B, 22A, 22B, 23A, and 23B.


(2) Effective immediately, until further notice, it is unlawful for any person to fish for crabs for commercial purposes with more than 75 pots per license per buoy tag number in Crab Management Region 3-3. The region includes Marine Fish-Shellfish Catch Reporting Areas 23C and 29.                                                                          

(3) All remaining buoy tags per license per region must be onboard the designated vessel and available for inspection.


(4) Effective 5:30 pm, Wednesday, February 15, 2017, until further notice, Crab Management Region 2 East is CLOSED. This region includes Marine Fish-Shellfish Catch Reporting Areas 24A, 24B, 24C, 24D and 26A East.


(5) Effective immediately, until further notice, Crab Management Region 2 West is CLOSED. This region includes Marine Fish-Shellfish Catch Reporting Areas 25B, 25D and 26A West.


(6) Effective immediately, until further notice, Crab Management Region 3-2 is CLOSED. This region includes Marine Fish-Shellfish Catch Reporting Areas 23D, 25A, and 25E.


N E W   S E C T I O N


   WAC 220-69-24000U  Duties of commercial purchasers and receivers.


   Notwithstanding the provisions of WAC 220-69-240, effective immediately, until further notice, it is unlawful for any wholesale dealer acting in the capacity of an original receiver of Dungeness crab taken by non-treaty fishers from Puget Sound to fail to report to the department the previous day’s purchases by 10:00 a.m. the following business day.  Reports must be made by fax to (425) 338-1066 or by e-mail at crabreport@dfw.wa.gov, and must specify the dealer name, dealer phone number, date of delivery of crab to the original receiver, and the total number of pounds of crab caught by non-treaty fishers, by Crab Management Region or by Marine Fish-Shellfish Management and Catch Reporting Area.


R E P E A L E R S


   The following sections of the Washington Administrative code are repealed effective 5:30 p.m. February 15, 2017:


            WAC 220-52-04000C   Commercial crab fishery—Lawful and unlawful gear, methods, and other unlawful acts. (17-14)


WAC 220-52-04600Y  Puget Sound crab fishery--Seasons and Areas. (16-333) 

            WAC 220-69-24000T  Duties of commercial purchasers and receivers. (16-311)

5th Puget Sound Commercial Crab Emergency Regulation (12/21/2016)

ORDER NO. 16-324


N E W   S E C T I O N


   WAC 220-52-04000Y   Commercial crab fishery—Lawful and unlawful gear, methods, and other unlawful acts.


 Notwithstanding the provisions of WAC 220-52-040:


(1) Effective immediately, until further notice, it is unlawful for any person to fish for crabs for commercial purposes with more than 50 pots per license per buoy tag number in Crab Management Regions 1, Region 2 East, Region 3-1 or Region 3-3.  These regions include Marine Fish-Shellfish Catch Reporting Areas 20A, 20B, 21A, 21B, 22A, 22B, 24A, 24B, 24C, 24D, 26A East, 23A, 23B, 23C and 29.


(2) All remaining buoy tags per license per region must be onboard the designated vessel and available for inspection.


(3) Effective 5:00 p.m. December 21, 2016, until further notice, Crab Management Region 2 West is CLOSED. This region includes Marine Fish-Shellfish Catch Reporting Areas 25B, 25D and 26A West.


(4) Effective 5:00 p.m. December 21, 2016, until further notice, Crab Management Region 3-2 is CLOSED. This region includes Marine Fish-Shellfish Catch Reporting Areas 23B, 25A, and 25E.


N E W   S E C T I O N


   WAC 220-52-04600X  Puget Sound crab fishery--Seasons and Areas.


Notwithstanding the provisions of  WAC 220-52-046:


(1) Effective immediately, until further notice, it is permissible to fish for Dungeness crab for commercial purposes in the following areas:


(a) Port Gardner: That portion of Marine Fish-Shellfish Catch Reporting Area 26A east of a line projected from the outermost tip of the ferry dock at Mukilteo, projected to the green #3 buoy at the mouth of the Snohomish River, and west of a line projected from that #3 buoy southward to the oil boom pier on the shoreline.


(2) Effective immediately, until further notice, the following areas are closed to commercial crab fishing:


 (a) That portion of Marine Fish-Shellfish Management and Catch Reporting Area 25A west of the 123o 7.0’ longitude line projected from the new Dungeness light due south to the shore of Dungeness Bay.

(b) That portion of Marine Fish-Shellfish Management and Catch Reporting Area 23D west of a line from the eastern tip of Ediz Hook to the ITT Rayonier Dock.

(c) Those waters of Marine Fish-Shellfish Management and Catch Reporting Area 24A east of a line projected true north from the most westerly tip of Skagit Island and extending south to the most westerly tip of Hope Island, thence southeast to Seal Rocks, thence southeast to the green can buoy at the mouth of Swinomish Channel, thence easterly to the west side of Goat Island.


R E P E A L E R S


   The following sections of the Washington Administrative code are repealed effective 5:00 p.m. December 21, 2016:

WAC 220-52-04000X   Commercial crab fishery—Lawful and unlawful gear, methods, and other unlawful acts. (16-311) 

WAC 220-52-04600W   Puget Sound crab fishery--Seasons and Areas (16-311)


4th Puget Sound Commercial  Crab Emergency Regulation (12/12/2016)

ORDER NO. 16-311                                                             


N E W   S E C T I O N


   WAC 220-52-04000X   Commercial crab fishery—Lawful and unlawful gear, methods, and other unlawful acts.

 Notwithstanding the provisions of WAC 220-52-040:

(1) Effective 8:00 a.m. December 15, 2016, until further notice, it is unlawful for any person to fish for crabs for commercial purposes with more than 50 pots per license per buoy tag number in Crab Management Regions 1, Region 2 East, Region 3-1 or Region 3-3.  These regions include Marine Fish-Shellfish Catch Reporting Areas 20A, 20B, 21A, 21B, 22A, 22B, 24A, 24B, 24C, 24D, 26A East, 23A, 23B, 23C and 29.


(2) Effective 8:00 a.m. December 15, 2016, until further notice, it is unlawful for any person to fish for crabs for commercial purposes with more than 30 pots per license per buoy tag number in Crab Management Region 2 West or Region 3-2.  These regions include Marine Fish-Shellfish Catch Reporting Areas, 25A, 25E, 23D, 25B, 25D and 26A West.


(3) All remaining buoy tags per license per region must be onboard the designated vessel and available for inspection.                                                                      

(4) Additional area gear limits. The following Marine Fish-Shellfish Management and Catch Reporting Areas are restricted in the number of pots fished, operated, or used by a person or vessel, and it is unlawful for any person to use, maintain, operate, or control pots in excess of the following limits: No commercial gear is allowed in that portion of Marine Fish-Shellfish Management and Catch Reporting Area 25A west of the 123o 7.0’ longitude line projected from the new Dungeness light due south to the shore of Dungeness Bay.

N E W   S E C T I O N

    WAC 220-52-04600W  Puget Sound crab fishery--Seasons and Areas.                       Notwithstanding the provisions of  WAC 220-52-046:

(1) Effective 8:00 a.m. December 15, 2016, until further notice, it is permissible to fish for Dungeness crab for commercial purposes in the following areas:

(a) Those waters of Marine Fish-Shellfish Management and Catch Reporting Area 20A between a line from the boat ramp at the western boundary of Birch Bay State Park to the western point of the entrance of the Birch Bay Marina and a line from the same boat ramp to Birch Point.

(b) Those waters of Marine Fish-Shellfish Management and Catch Reporting Area 22B in Fidalgo Bay south of a line projected from the red number 4 entrance buoy at Cape Sante Marina to the northern end of the eastern most oil dock.

(c) Those waters of Marine Fish-Shellfish Management and Catch Reporting Area 22A in Deer Harbor north of a line projected from Steep Point to Pole Pass.

(d) Those waters of Marine Fish-Shellfish Management and Catch Reporting Area 26A-W in Useless Bay north and east of a line from the south end of the Double Bluff State Park seawall (47°58.782'N, 122°30.840'W) projected 110 degrees true to the boulder on shore (47°57.690'N, 122°26.742'W).

(e)  Port Gardner: That portion of Marine Fish-Shellfish Catch Reporting Area 26A east of a line projected from the outermost tip of the ferry dock at Mukilteo, projected to the green #3 buoy at the mouth of the Snohomish River, and west of a line projected from that #3 buoy southward to the oil boom pier on the shoreline.

(f) Possession Point to Glendale: That portion of Marine Fish-Shellfish Management and Catch Reporting Area 26A east of a line that extends true north from the green #1 buoy at Possession Point to Possession Point, and west of a line from the green #1 buoy at Possession Point extending northward along the 200-foot depth contour to the Glendale dock.

(g) Langley: That portion of Marine Fish-Shellfish Management and Catch Reporting Area 24C shoreward of the 400-foot depth contour within an area described by two lines projected northeasterly from Sandy Point and the entrance to the marina at Langley.

(2) Effective 8:00 a.m. December 15, 2016, until further notice, the following areas are closed to commercial crab fishing:

 (a) That portion of Marine Fish-Shellfish Management and Catch Reporting Area 25A west of the 123o 7.0’ longitude line projected from the new Dungeness light due south to the shore of Dungeness Bay.

(b) That portion of Marine Fish-Shellfish Management and Catch Reporting Area 23D west of a line from the eastern tip of Ediz Hook to the ITT Rayonier Dock.

(c) Those waters of Marine Fish-Shellfish Management and Catch Reporting Area 24A east of a line projected true north from the most westerly tip of Skagit Island and extending south to the most westerly tip of Hope Island, thence southeast to Seal Rocks, thence southeast to the green can buoy at the mouth of Swinomish Channel, thence easterly to the west side of Goat Island.                                                          

 N E W   S E C T I O N

   WAC 220-69-24000T  Duties of commercial purchasers and receivers.     

   Notwithstanding the provisions of WAC 220-69-240, effective 8:00 am, October 1, 2016, until further notice, it is unlawful for any wholesale dealer acting in the capacity of an original receiver of Dungeness crab taken by non-treaty fishers from Puget Sound to fail to report to the department the previous day’s purchases by 10:00 a.m. the following business day.  Reports must be made by fax to (425) 338-1066 or by e-mail at crabreport@dfw.wa.gov, and must specify the dealer name, dealer phone number, date of delivery of crab to the original receiver, and the total number of pounds of crab caught by non-treaty fishers, by Crab Management Region or by Marine Fish-Shellfish Management and Catch Reporting Area.


REPEALERS


   The following sections of the Washington Administrative code are repealed:


WAC 220-52-04600V     Puget Sound crab fishery--Seasons and Areas (16-293) 

WAC 220-69-24000S      Duties of commercial purchasers and receivers. (16-265)

3rd Puget Sound State Commercial Crab Emergency Regulation (10/25/2016):

 

                                                      ORDER NO.16-293

                                                                                                                                           

 

N E W   S E C T I O N

  

   WAC 220-52-04600V   Puget Sound crab fishery--Seasons and Areas.

   Notwithstanding the provisions of WAC 220-52-046:

 

(1)   Effective 6:30 p.m., October 28, 2016, and until further notice, Crab Management Region 1, Region 3-1 and Region 3-3 are closed.  Region 1includes all waters of Marine Fish-Shellfish Management and Catch Reporting Areas 20A, 20B, 21A, 21B, 22A and 22B. Region 3-1 includes all waters of Marine Fish-Shellfish Management and Catch Reporting Areas 23A and 23B.  Region 3-3 includes all waters of Marine Fish-Shellfish Management and Catch Reporting Areas 23C and 29.

 

(2)   Effective immediately, until further notice, the following areas are closed to commercial crab fishing:

 

(a)    All of Crab Management Region 2 We