Puget Sound commercial Dungeness crab fishery emergency regulations

Note: The emergency regulations for the 2021-2022 Puget Sound Commercial Crab Season will be posted on this site as they occur.

Puget Sound crab management regions and catch areas map

Update as of 10/06/2021

Announcements:

The Puget Sound State Commercial Dungeness crab fishery opens October 7, 2021 at 8:00 a.m..  A link to the most recent regulation issued can be found below. 

Due to COVID-19 and the closure of WDFW offices to the public, replacement tags can only be obtained via mail order only for the entirety of the 2020-21 season. Please submit your request by calling the WDFW Licensing Division at 360-902-2464 or email commercialsales@dfw.wa.gov.   

For up-to-date catch and pot-limit information visit the commercial crab landings webpage.

For reporting forms and FAQ's please visit the reporting webpage.

 

Current Emergency Regulation in Effect

WSR 21-20-131 - Puget Sound Commercial Crab Opening - Filed 10/06/2021 

This regulation repeals WSR 21-20-074 and amends the sections of Washington Administrative Code (WAC) listed below in the following ways:

WAC 220-320-11000

  1. Defines new Crab Management Region 3-4 and changes the boundaries of Crab Management Region 3-3 to accommodate boundaries agreed to in the Region 3 2021-2022 crab management plan.

WAC 220-340-42000

  1. Opens all areas with commercial harvest opportunity in Puget Sound to barging of pots effective October 5th through October 7th. Describes Puget Sound pot barging reporting requirements.
  2. Requires all crab harvested not delivered to an original receiver to be landed or recorded on a shellfish transportation ticket within 36 hours of harvest. Requires separate transportation tickets to be completed for each days harvest not delivered to an original receiver that is stored off of the fishing vessel. Implements a 10-day restriction on the length of time that crab may be stored off vessel before being delivered to an original receiver.
  3. Implements a labeling requirement for crab that are stored off vessel.
  4. Implements a labeling requirement for crab that are stored off vessel and not delivered to an original receiver within 36 hours.

WAC 220-340-45500

  1. Defines subareas east and west of MSFS catch area 23C to align with agreed to boundaries within the Region 3 2021-2022 crab management plan.
  2. Opens Puget Sound commercial crab harvest in Crab Management Regions 1, 2 East, 2 West, 3-1, 3-2 and 3-3 on October 7, 2021 at 8:00 a.m.. Describes hard closure dates by Crab Management Region.
  3. Allows deployment of up to 35 pots per license for the commercial harvest of Dungeness crab in Crab Management Regions 1 and 2-East.
  4. Allows deployment of up to 50 pots per license for the commercial harvest of Dungeness crab in Crab Management Regions 2-West and 3-2.
  5. Allows deployment of up to 40 pots per license for the commercial harvest of Dungeness crab in Crab Management Regions 3-1.
  6. Allows deployment of up to 60 pots per license for the commercial harvest of Dungeness crab in Crab Management Regions 3-3.
  7. Requires undeployed buoy tags to be retained for inspection.
  8. Closes of Port Angeles Harbor to commercial crab harvest due to public health decrees.
  9. Closes commercial crab harvest in Crab Management Region 3-4 until further notice, and
  10. Closes areas to State commercial that have been agreed to in Regional management plans.
  11. Repeals areas where recreational and tribal harvest has been allowed that State commercial harvest has been historically limited.
  12. Repeals areas where recreational and tribal harvest has been allowed that State commercial harvest has been historically closed.

WAC 220-352-34000

  1. Clarifies the Puget Sound commercial dealer quick reporting requirements.
  2. Implements a Puget Sound “hung crab” harvest report requirement for crab not delivered to an original receiver with 36 hours of harvest.
  3. Implements a Puget Sound “hung crab” sales report requirement for “hung crab” that have been reported but not landed.
  4. Implements a registration requirement to for commercial license holders to notify the department which Crab Management Area a license will be fishing in.

 

Repealed Regulations

WSR 21-20-074 - Puget Sound Commercial Crab Delay and Test Fishery Permissions - Filed 09/29/2021

This regulation amends permanent Washington Adminsitrative Code (WAC) by doing the following: 

WAC 220-340-45500

  1. Delays the start of the Puget Sound Commercial Crab season from October 1 until further notice in all Crab Management Regions of Puget Sound.
  2. Permits the F/V Red Hawk and  F/V WN0742SJ to conduct a shell condition test with WDFW staff in MSFS Catch Reporting Areas 24B, 24C, and 26AE.