Coastal commercial Dungeness crab fishery

One of the most important commercial fisheries in Washington, the commercial Dungeness crab fishery has an average (1990-2002) ex-vessel value of approximately $19.9 million. There are 223 Washington coastal commercial Dungeness crab license holders with approximately 200 fishers who are active participants in this highly competitive fishery. Each year, the season typically starts in December or January when tests show that the majority of the male crabs have recovered from the fall molt period. The fishery usually runs through Sept. 15.

The main ports of landing for the coastal commercial Dungeness crab fishery are Ilwaco, Chinook, Westport, Tokeland, and La Push, where the economic impact of this fishery is substantial.

Check out our 2023-24 Washington Coastal Dungeness Crab Fishery Newsletter for information on the upcoming season and a recap of last season.