OLYMPIA – The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) reminds sport crabbers that eight areas of Puget Sound will close to recreational crabbing for a catch assessment after the Labor Day weekend.
The scheduled closure will begin Monday, Sept. 4 at one hour past sunset in marine areas 6 (eastern Strait of Juan de Fuca), 7 South (San Juan Islands), 8-1 (Deception Pass to East Point), 8-2 (East Point to Possession Point), 9 (Admiralty Inlet), 10 (Seattle/Bremerton), 11 (Tacoma/Vashon) and 12 (Hood Canal).
Prior to the closure, crabbing in those areas will be open two extra days – Sunday, Sept. 3 and Monday, Sept. 4 – through the Labor Day weekend. Usually, crab fishing is limited to Wednesdays through Saturdays in those eight marine areas.
“Under the season schedule, recreational crab fishing will be open for six straight days in most areas of Puget Sound before the closure takes effect,” said Lisa Veneroso, a WDFW shellfish manager. “That’s a popular time to get out on the water.”
In October, once the catch assessment is completed, WDFW will reopen crab fishing in waters where the catch has not met area quotas, Veneroso said.
Several areas of Puget Sound will not be affected by the Sept. 4 closure, including marine areas 4 and 5 (western Strait of Juan de Fuca), 13 (southernmost Puget Sound) and the eastern and northern portions of Marine Area 7 (Anacortes to Bellingham and Point Roberts).