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August 07, 1998
Contact: Jeff Weathersby, (360) 902-2256

Limited crab pot fishery opens in Georgia Strait

OLYMPIA--A crab pot sport fishery will open at 5 p.m. today (Aug. 7) in the Strait of Georgia portion of Marine Area 7 (San Juan Islands), the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife announced.

The open area is restricted to waters up to 60 feet in depth above mean low low water along the shoreline from the Canadian border to Point Francis in Hale Passage. Open areas include most of Semiahmoo Bay, Birch Bay, the Sandy Point area and the shoreline along Lummi Island from Inati Bay northward to Village Point.

The opening is restricted to shallow depths to protect crabs still molting. Recent tests show there are large numbers of soft shell crabs at depths lower than 60 feet.

The daily limit is six male Dungeness crabs 6 1/4 inches and larger and six red rock crabs of either sex, five inches and larger.

Fishers should check the Fishing in Washington regulation pamphlet for additional crab fishing rules that are designed to reduce crab mortality and allow the animals to escape if pots are lost.