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 228 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 on Dec. 1 if 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.