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Puget Sound Commercial Dungeness Crab Fishery

Commercial crab catch (in pounds).
UpdatedApril 14, 2016from Crab Quick Report and Soft Fish Tickets for Regions 1, 2E, 2W, 3-1, 3-2, and 3-3.

UPDATE: Region 1 is CLOSED (as of Sunday, March 27th, 2016 at 7:30 PM).  All gear must be off the water. NO EXCEPTIONS!

Below find the timeline/history of the 2015-2016 Puget Sound Commercial Crab Fishery:

An Emergency Regulation was approved opening the Puget Sound Commercial Crab Fishery at 8:00 a.m. on Thursday, October 1, 2015.  The opening included Region 1, Region 2 East, Region 2 West, Region 3-1, Region 3-2 and Region 3-3. 

All areas, with the exception of Region 3-3, had an initial pot limit of 50 pots per license, per buoy tag number. The additional 50 buoy tags per license must be on board the vessel and available for inspection.

Region 3-3 had an initial pot limit of 100 pots per license, per buoy tag number.

Region 2 West CLOSED at 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Region 2 East CLOSED at 6:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 10, 2015

Region 3-2 CLOSED at 6:00 p.m. on Sunday, October 18, 2015

ALL of the remaining State Commercial Dungeness Crab Regions (Regions 1, 3-1 and 3-3) CLOSED at 6:30 pm on Wednesday, October 28, 2015.

The Puget Sound Commercial Crab Fishery reopened at 8:00 a.m., Tuesday, December 15th, 2015. The opening includes Region 1, Region 2 East, Region 2 West, Region 3-1, Region 3-2 and Region 3-3.

Region 1 and Region 3-1 had an initial pot limit of 50 pots per license. Region 2 East, Region 2 West and Region 3-2 had an initial pot limit of 30 pots per license. Region 3-3 had a pot limit of 100 pots per license.

Region 2 East and Region 2 West CLOSED on December 29th, 2015 at 6:00 pm.

Region 3-2 CLOSED on December 30th, 2015 at 6:00 pm.

A regulation allowing the retention and sale of any Tanner crab "by-catch" that is landed incidentally to the normal Dungeness crab fishery was instituted. This stipulation is allowed in Region 1 and 3-1. The minimum size for Tanner crab is 4.5" across the largest width of the shell. The regulation took effect at 8:00 am, Tuesday, February 9th, 2016. All Tanner crab landed must be accounted for on a Fish Ticket and Quick Reported as required for Dungeness crab. 

Region 1 pot limits increased to 75 pots per license on Wednesday, March 7, 2016, at 07:30 AM.

Region 3-1 and 3-3 CLOSED on Tuesday, March 15th, 2016 at 7:30 PM.

Region 1 pot limits increased to 100 pots per license on Wednesday, March 16, 2016, at 07:30 AM.

Region 1 CLOSED on Sunday, March 27th, 2016 at 7:30 PM.

The 2015-2016 Commercial Season has CONCLUDED

The Recreational Summer harvest data in the table below is FINAL. This number does include EUC (Estimated Unreported Catch at 4%).

Allocation Increases negotiated in early December are reflected in the Table Below.

The Recreational Winter harvest data in the table below is FINAL.

  STATE RECREATIONAL HARVEST STATE COMMERCIAL    
REGION SUMMER
FINAL
WINTER
FINAL
HARVEST
TO DATE
SHARE
REMANING
COMMERCIAL
STATUS
CURRENT # OF
POTS PER LICENSE
1 555,265 77,514 1,890,853 -23,632 Region 1 is CLOSED 0
2 East 1,045,370 84,794 652,827 -32,991 Region 2 East is CLOSED 0
2 West 159,757 30,468 209,929 9,846 Region 2 West is CLOSED 0
3-1 0 0 108,854 1,146 Region 3-1 is CLOSED 0
3-2 145,225 48,710 211,804 261 Region 3-2 is CLOSED 0
3-3 5,283 786 32,975 956 Region 3-3 is CLOSED 0
TOTALS 1,910,900 242,272 3,107,242 -44,414    
 

Daily Landings Summary
MS Excel Format

Last updated
April 14, 2016

These landings are preliminary and subject to revision as fish receiving tickets are received.

Region 1: MFSF 20A, 20B, 21A, 21B, 22A, 22B

Region 2E: MFSF 24A, 24B, 24C, 24D, 26AE

Region 2W: (25C not included), MFSF 25B, 25D, 26AW

Region 3-1: West Beach area, MFSF 23A and 23B

Region 3-2: MFSF 25A, 25E, 23D

Region 3-3: MFSF 23C & 29