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Marine Area 7
South - San Juan Islands/Bellingham

Status Days Open Opening Date Closing Date
CLOSED None July 15, 2017 September 30, 2017

Rules:

Dungeness, Red Rock, Tanner Crab, all fishing methods.

Seasons:

Scheduled to open 12:01 am on Saturday July 15th, 2017. Once opened, crab may be harvested Thursdays through Mondays each week (Tuesdays and Wednesdays are closed) through September 30th, 2017. Crabbers fishing from boats may only set and pull gear from one hour before official sunrise to one hour after official sunset on open days.

 

Crab Limits and Rules

Species Min. size Daily Limit Season Additional Rules
Dungeness Crab 6.25" 5 Males see above Must retain back shell while in the field.
Must release all softshell, females and undersized crab.
Catch record card required.
Red Rock Crab 5" Six crab
Either sex
see above Must retain back shell while in the field.
Must release all softshell crab.
Tanner Crab 4.5" Six crab
Either sex
see above Must retain back shell while in the field.
Must release all softshell crab.

Marine Area 7 - SubAreas
Marine Area 7 -  Boundaries for North & Central and Southern

Marine Area 7 - SubArea Descriptions

"7-S" Marine Area 7-South = San Juan Islands/Bellingham portion of Marine Area 7
"Those waters of Marine Area 7 south and west of a line projected from Village Point, Lummi Island, through the navigation buoy just east of Matia Island, thence to the buoy at Clements Reef, thence to the easternmost point of Patos Island, thence running along the northern shore of Patos Island to the westernmost point of Patos Island, thence due west to the international boundary and south of a line that extends from Point Francis on Portage Island, through the marker just north of Inati Bay on Lummi Island to Lummi Island. "

"7-N" Marine Area 7-North = The Gulf of Georgia portion of Marine Area 7
"Those water of Marine Area 7 north and east of a line projected from Village Point, Lummi Island through the navigation buoy just east of Matia Island thence to the buoy at Clements Reef thence to the easternmost point of Patos Island, running along the northern shoreline of Patos Island and from the westernmost point of Patos Island due west to the international boundary and north of a line that extends from Point Francis on Portage Island, through the marker just north of Inati Bay on Lummi Island to Lummi Island."

NOTE: All crab fishing gear must be removed from the water by one hour after sunset on the
last day of any fishing period. Crab fishing gear may not remain in the water on closed days.

Last Updated: Jun 19, 2017

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