OLYMPIA–The Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission will consider regulations requiring sport fishers to maintain catch record cards when harvesting Dungeness crabs beginning April 1, 2000.
The Dungeness crab catch record card issue will be considered when the commission meets Aug. 6 and 7 in the ballroom of the Shilo Inn, 707 Ocean Shores Blvd. N.W., Ocean Shores. The meeting begins at 1 p.m. on Aug. 6 and 9 a.m. Aug. 7.
The Legislature has passed legislation encouraging the creation of a sport crab catch record card to fish for and harvest Dungeness crab under regulations to be set by the Fish and Wildlife Commission. These actions are intended to assure equitable sharing of crab harvest between Indian and non-Indian fishers as well as sport and commercial fishers.
The proposals would require sport crab fishers to immediately mark a record card when retaining a Dungeness crab aboard a boat or on shore. Fishers would have to record the place and date of the catch and fishery type. The catch record cards would have to be returned to WDFW by April 30 following the year for which it was issued.
Fishers also would have to show the card to enforcement officers or authorized WDFW employee.
Fishers already maintain catch record cards for salmon, steelhead, halibut and sturgeon.
Besides Dungeness crab management, a variety of hunting issues also will be considered during the commission meeting, including adoption of 1999-2000 migratory waterfowl hunting seasons and regulations.
The proposed regulations generally would increase hunting opportunity–including expanded duck hunting in northern Puget Sound–for healthy populations of waterfowl. The regulations would continue to provide conservative management for brant in north Puget Sound.
In other action the Commission is scheduled to adopt framework guidelines which will be used in establishing hunting seasons and rules for 2000 through 2002.
Copies of the agenda may be obtained by contacting the Fish and Wildlife Commission office at (360) 902-2267.