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Puget Sound Commercial Dungeness Crab Fishery

Commercial crab catch (in pounds).
Updated February 21, 2017 from Crab Quick Report and Soft Fish Tickets for Regions 1, 2E, 2W, 3-1, 3-2, and 3-3.

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.

As an example:  If you have two permits and are fishing them both in Region 1, then you must have 100 buoy tags onboard your vessel and available for immediate inspection.

Timeline of the the 2016-17 Puget Sound State Commercial Crab Fishery: 

Opened at 8am, Saturday, October 1st, 2016 with Pot Limits of 40 pots per license per buoy tag number in Region 2 East, Region 2 West and Region 3-2 and 50 pots per license per buoy tag number in Region 1, Region 3-1 and Region 3-3

State and Treaty Managers agreed to a 100,000 pound allocation increase in Region 2 West on October 3rd, 2016.

Region 2 East, Region 2 West and Region 3-2 closed at 6pm on Friday, October 7, 2016.

An emergency regulation CLOSED the Puget Sound State Commercial crab fishery in Region 1, Region 3-1, and Region 3-3 at 6:30 pm on Friday, October 28, 2016.

An emergency regulation reopened all commercial crab regions at 8:00 AM, December 15th, 2016. This includes Region 1, 2 East, 2 West, 3-1, 3-2 and 3-3. Pot limits in Region 1, 2 East, 3-1 and 3-3 are 50 pots per license. Pot limits in Region 2 West and 3-2 are 30 pots per license

Region 2 West and Region 3-2 closed at 5:00 PM on Wednesday, December 21st, 2016.

Effective 5:00 p.m., Saturday, December 31, 2016, until further notice, the Everett Flats portion of Region 2 East will be CLOSED.  This area is defined as follows:

That portion of catch area 26A east of a line from Howarth Park due north to the south end of Gedney Island, and that portion of 24B east of a line from the north end of Gedney Island to Camano Head and south of a line drawn from Camano Head to Hermosa Point

Effective 8:00 a.m., Sunday, January 1, 2017, until further notice, pot limits in Region 3-3 will increase to 75 pots per license.    The remaining 25 pots per license must be onboard the vessel and available for inspection.  Region 3-3 includes MFSF Catch Areas 23C and 29.

An emergency regulation was finalized that increased the pot limits in Region 2 East to 75 pots per license at 8:00 AM, January 20, 2017.  The remaining 25 buoy tags per license must be onboard the vessel and available for inspection.  Region 2 East includes MFSF Catch Areas 24A, 24B, 24C, 24D and 26A East.

Region 2 East CLOSED at 5:30 PM, February 15, 2017

Any Questions? Please call Don Rothaus at (425) 775-1311 ext. 126 or send an email to

Current Commercial Targets outlined in the table below represent the current estimates for State commercial allocations in each of the Regions.  These targets are based on the FINAL Recreational Summer Landings estimate (with EUC).  Additionally, Preliminary 2017 Recreational Landings estimates for the Winter fishery have been included (with EUC).  A 1% commercial EUC has also been included in the Commercial Target.  This target may change slightly as the Recreational Winter numbers are finalized or additional allocation is negotiated.

1 1,788,691 1,589,159 199,532 Region 1 is OPEN 50
2 East 414,916 353,088 61,828 Region 2 East is CLOSED 0
2 West 193,979 202,645 -8,666 Region 2 West is CLOSED 0
3-1 110,880 101,622 9,258 Region 3-1 is OPEN 50
3-2 337,334 351,409 -14,075 Region 3-2 is CLOSED 0
3-3 53,036 42,398 10,638 Region 3-3 is OPEN 75
TOTALS 2,898,836 2,640,321 258,515    

Daily Landings Summary
MS Excel Format

Last updated
February 21, 2017

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