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Puget Sound Commercial Dungeness Crab Fishery

Note: The following regulations are the opening emergency regulations for the 2018-2019 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:

Update as of 15:00 PM, 2/5/2019:


No final determination has been reached on the start date (or pot limits) for the re-opening of the Region 1 fishery. The current plan being discussed is to open sometime during the last week of February or first week of March with somewhere between 30 and 40 pots per license.  This information will be updated when a final decision has been reached.


Past Actions:


A regulation was finalized that CLOSED Region 1 at 5:30 PM, Tuesday, January 8, 2019.


A regulation was finalized that increased the pot limits in Region 1 from 35 pots/license to 40 pots/license at 8:00 AM, Saturday, December 22, 2018.


A regulation was finalized that increased the pot limits in Region 1 from 30 pots/license to 35 pots/license at 8:00 AM, Saturday, December 15, 2018.


Currently Region 1 has a 35 pots/license limit, Region 2 East and 2 West are CLOSED, Region 3-1 has a 100 pot/license limit, and Region 3-2,  3-3 East and 3-3 West have a 60 pots/license limit.


The remaining tags must be kept on board the vessel and available for immediate inspection.


If you have any additional questions, please call:

  • Don Rothaus at 425 775-1311 ext. 126
  • Don Velasquez at 425 775-1311 ext. 112.

Region 1: MFSF 20A, 20B, 21A, 21B, 22A, 22B

Region 2E: MFSF 24A, 24B, 24C, 24D, 26AE

Region 2W: (25C not included), MFSF 25B, 25D, 26AW

Region 3-1: West Beach area, MFSF 23A and 23B

Region 3-2: MFSF 25A, 25E, 23D

Region 3-3: MFSF 23C & 29

9th Emergency Regulation for the Puget Sound Commercial Crab Fishery (01/07/2019)

ORDER NO. 19-05

N E W   S E C T I O N

WAC 220-340-45500S  Commercial crab fishery--Seasons and areas--Puget Sound.                       

 Notwithstanding the provisions of WAC 220-340-455:

(1) Effective at 5:30 p.m. January 8, 2019, until further notice, Crab Management Region 1 is closed. Region 1 includes Marine Fish-Shellfish Catch Reporting Areas 20A, 20B, 21A, 21B, 22A, and 22B.

(2) Effective immediately, until further notice, Crab Management Region 2W is closed. Region 2 West includes Marine Fish-Shellfish Catch Reporting Areas 25B, 25D and 26AW.

(3) Effective immediately until further notice, Crab Management Region 2E is closed.  Region 2 East includes Marine Fish-Shellfish Catch Reporting Areas 24A, 24B, 24C, 24D and 26A East.

(4) Effective immediately, until further notice, it is unlawful for any license holder or alternate operator to fish for crabs for commercial purposes with more than 60 pots per license in Crab Management Region 3-2, Region 3-3 East or Region 3-3 West.  These regions include Marine Fish-Shellfish Catch Reporting Areas 25A, 25E, 23D, 23C and 29.

(5) Effective immediately, until further notice, it is unlawful for any license holder or alternate operator to fish for crabs for commercial purposes with more than 100 pots per license in Crab Management Region 3-1.  This region includes Marine Fish-Shellfish Catch Reporting Area 23A and 23B.

(6) All remaining buoy tags per license must be onboard the designated vessel and available for immediate inspection.

(7) Effective immediately, until further notice, the following areas are closed to commercial crab fishing:

 (a) That portion of Marine Fish-Shellfish Management and Catch Reporting Area 25A west of the 123o 7.0’ longitude line projected from the new Dungeness light due south to the shore of Dungeness Bay.

 (b) That portion of Marine Fish-Shellfish Management and Catch Reporting Area 23D west of a line from the eastern tip of Ediz Hook to the ITT Rayonier Dock.

R E P E A L E R

The following section of the Washington Administrative code is repealed effective 5:30 p.m., January 8, 2019:

WAC 220-340-45500R   Commercial crab fishery—Seasons and areas—Puget Sound. (18-338)

8th Emergency Regulation for the Puget Sound Commercial Crab Fishery (12/21/2018)

N E W   S E C T I O N

WAC 220-340-45500R  Commercial crab fishery--Seasons and areas--Puget Sound.                      

 Notwithstanding the provisions of WAC 220-340-455:

(1) Effective at 8:00 a.m. December 22, 2018, until further notice, it is unlawful for any license holder or alternate operator to fish for crabs for commercial purposes with more than 40 pots per license in Crab Management Region 1. Region 1 includes Marine Fish-Shellfish Catch Reporting Areas 20A, 20B, 21A, 21B, 22A, and 22B.

(2) Effective immediately, until further notice, Crab Management Region 2W is closed. Region 2 West includes Marine Fish-Shellfish Catch Reporting Areas 25B, 25D and 26AW.

(3) Effective immediately until further notice, Crab Management Region 2E is closed.  Region 2 East includes Marine Fish-Shellfish Catch Reporting Areas 24A, 24B, 24C, 24D and 26A East.

(4) Effective immediately, until further notice, it is unlawful for any license holder or alternate operator to fish for crabs for commercial purposes with more than 60 pots per license in Crab Management Region 3-2, Region 3-3 East or Region 3-3 West.  These regions include Marine Fish-Shellfish Catch Reporting Areas 25A, 25E, 23D, 23C and 29.

(5) Effective immediately, until further notice, it is unlawful for any license holder or alternate operator to fish for crabs for commercial purposes with more than 100 pots per license in Crab Management Region 3-1.  This region includes Marine Fish-Shellfish Catch Reporting Area 23A and 23B.

(6) All remaining buoy tags per license must be onboard the designated vessel and available for immediate inspection.

(7) Effective immediately, until further notice, it is permissible to fish for Dungeness crab for commercial purposes in the following areas:

(a) Those waters of Marine Fish-Shellfish Management and Catch Reporting Area 20A between a line from the boat ramp at the western boundary of Birch Bay State Park to the western point of the entrance of the Birch Bay Marina and a line from the same boat ramp to Birch Point.

(b) Those waters of Marine Fish-Shellfish Management and Catch Reporting Area 22B in Fidalgo Bay south of a line projected from the red number 4 entrance buoy at Cape Sante Marina to the northern end of the eastern most oil dock.

(c) Those waters of Marine Fish-Shellfish Management and Catch Reporting Area 22A in Deer Harbor north of a line projected from Steep Point to Pole Pass.

(8) Effective immediately, until further notice, the following areas are closed to commercial crab fishing:

 (a) That portion of Marine Fish-Shellfish Management and Catch Reporting Area 25A west of the 123o 7.0’ longitude line projected from the new Dungeness light due south to the shore of Dungeness Bay.