Puget Sound Recreational Crab and Shrimp Advisory Committee

WDFW is Seeking Applications for the Puget Sound Recreational Crab and Shrimp Advisory Committee

Advisors will be chosen based on experience in the recreational crab and shrimp fishery, ability to address issues in a thoughtful and productive manner, willingness to engage, their ability to communicate with fishery managers and others, and for their ability to contribute diverse perspectives. Applicants need not to be affiliated with an organized group. Anyone can apply, including those who may require reasonable accommodations to participate as an advisory committee member. 

Applications are due by 5 p.m., January 20, 2021. The application form is located below in both web and downloadable formats. Applications may also be submitted by email to Don Velasquez at don.velasquez@dfw.wa.gov or by mail to Attn: Crustacean Manager, 375 Hudson St., Port Townsend, WA 98368

Recreational Crab and Shrimp Advisory Committee Application (web version)

Recreational Crab and Shrimp Advisory Committee Application (downloadable version)


The Puget Sound Recreational Crab and Shrimp Advisory Committee (RCSAC) provides a forum for discussion of issues relevant to the recreational crab and shrimp fisheries within Puget Sound. This committee is comprised of 10-12 members who represent the recreational community in various areas within Puget Sound. Formerly two separate advisory committees for crab and shrimp, the combined committee was formed in 2018. 

The RCSAC does not create rules or policies although the committee can have a significant impact on the management of Puget Sound crab and shrimp resources. This group provides insight, recommendations and advice to the Puget Sound crustacean program staff regarding policy changes, management actions, harvest seasons, regulations, education and outreach opportunities and stakeholder communications. Members of the advisory committee usually meet twice a year, with the possibility of additional calls or meetings.

The expectations for committee members are:

  • Attend advisory group meetings and participate in conference calls;
  • Provide advice to the Department on agency proposed regulations, policies, and management plans;
  • Communicate stakeholder opinions, attitudes, and needs to the agency;
  • Identify areas of concern and recommend change;
  • Keep up-to-date on issues and regulations affecting crab and shrimp fisheries;
  • Keep the Department advised on current trends and developments;
  • Provide advice regarding enforcement and regulatory compliance issues;
  • Assist the Department in developing communication strategies and communicating with members of the public;
  • Be respectful and carefully consider the views of others.

Contacts and member info




Mission statement

Assist WDFW by providing advice on meeting the management objectives set by the Fish and Wildlife Commission in Policy C-3609 (Puget Sound Crab Fishery) and Policy C-3610 (Puget Sound Shrimp Fishery) 

Meeting calendar

Date Location Meeting materials
Sep 17, 2020, 1 - 3pm

Virtual TEAMS Meeting

Mar 10, 2020, 10am - 1pm

WDFW Port Townsend

Oct 7, 2019, 10am - 1pm

WDFW Mill Creek


Jan 31, 2019, 8:30am - 11:30pm

Conference Call

Sep 27, 2018, 10am - 1pm

WDFW Mill Creek

Mar 19, 2018, 12:59am - 3pm

WDFW Mill Creek