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Puget Sound Commercial Dungeness Crab Fishery

Note: The following regulations are the opening emergency regulations for the 2017-2018 season. In-season emergency regulations will be posted on this site as they occur.

Puget Sound is home to two fleets of commercial vessels, Tribal and State. The State commercial crab fleet possesses about 248 licenses. The fishery is currently limited to this number of licenses, however current license holders may transfer an existing license to a new party. Information on Tribal fishing in Puget Sound is available through the Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission.

Crab Commercial Fishing Regions

Commercial Crab Fishery Information

The State emergency commercial fishery regulations:

Important Announcement:

Update regarding the Puget Sound State Commercial Crab fishery as of 08:05 AM, April 16th, 2018:

The Puget Sound Commercial Crab Fishery is CLOSED for the Season

Region 3-3 East and Region 3-3 West CLOSED on Sunday, April 15, 2018 at 7:30 PM

Region 3-1 and Region 3-2 CLOSED March 31st, 2018 at 7:00 PM.

Region 1 CLOSED at 6:00 PM, March 7th, 2018.

Region 2 West CLOSED January 31st, 2018 at 5:30 PM. 

Region 2 East CLOSED January 16th, 2018 at 5:30 PM.

The 2018-2019 Puget Sound Commercial Crab Fishery will re-open in October 2018.