Puget Sound Marine Preserves and Marine Protected Areas, Non-commercial and Limited Commercial Crab Areas

Puget Sound Marine Preserves and Marine Protected Areas (MPAs), Non-commercial and Limited Commercial Crab Areas.

Note: The following maps show approximate boundaries only. Refer to the current regulations for exact boundary descriptions. These maps are not to be used for navigation.

Season nautical chart formats

Non-commercial and Limited Commercial Crab Areas. These maps show approximate boundaries only. Please refer to the current regulations for exact boundary descriptions.

Strait of Juan de Fuca

Non-commercial and Limited Commercial Crab Areas Strait of Juan de Fuca

 

Central Puget Sound

Map of Non-commercial and Limited Commercial Crab Areas in Central Puget Sound

North Puget Sound and San Juan Islands

Map of Non-commercial and Limited Commercial Crab Areas in North Puget Sound/San Juan Islands

Areas closed to State commercial crabbing year-round

The following areas are closed to state commercial crabbing year-round. These maps are not to be used for navigation.

W. Dungeness Bay 

That portion of Marine Fish/Shellfish Catch Area 25A west of the 123° 7.0' longitude line projected from the new Dungeness light due south to the shore of Dungeness Bay. Note: the boundaries of this area may be adjusted in-season based on recreational and/or Tribal fisheries.

Dungeness Bay non-commercial crab area map

S. Discovery Bay

That portion of Marine Fish/Shellfish Catch Area 25E south of a line projected from Contractor's Point to Tukey Point.

Discovery Bay Non-commercial and Limited Commercial Crab Areas

Samish Bay

That portion of Marine Fish/Shellfish Catch Area 21B in Samish Bay south of a line from Fish Point to Point Williams shallower than 60 feet.

Samish Bay Non-Commercial Crab Area map

Westcott/Garrison Bays

That portion of Marine Fish/Shellfish Catch Area 22A in Westcott and Garrison Bays east of a line projected due south from Point White to its intersection of San Juan Island.

Westcott/Garrison Bay Non-Commercial Crab Areas map

East Sound

That portion of Marine Fish/Shellfish Catch Area 22A in East Sound north of a line from the southern point of Judd Bay on the west to Giffin Rocks on the east.

East Sound Non-commercial Crab Area map

Birch Bay

That portion of Marine Fish/Shellfish Catch Area 20A in Birch Bay east of a line from the western boundary of Birch Bay State Park to the western point of the entrance of the Birch Bay Marina.

Birch Bay Limited Season/Non-commercial Crab Area map

Chuckanut Bay

That portion of Marine Fish/Shellfish Catch Area 21A which includes all waters inside of Chuckanut Bay east of a line projected north from Governors Point to the east side of Chuckanut Island thence to Chuckanut Rock thence to the most southerly tip of Clarks Point.

Chuckanut Bay Non-Commercial Crab Area map

Prevost Harbor

That portion of Marine Fish/Shellfish Catch Area 20B which includes all waters of Prevost Harbor between Stuart Island and Satellite Island southwest of a line extending from Charles Point on Stuart Island to the northwest tip of Satellite Island and southwest of a line projected 120 degrees from true north from the southeast end of Satellite Island to Stuart Island.

Prevost Harbor Non-Commercial Crab Area map

Blind Bay

That portion of Marine Fish/Shellfish Catch Area 22A in Blind Bay south of a line projected due west from Point Hudson to its intersection of Shaw Island.

Blind Bay Non-Commercial Crab Area map

Fisherman Bay

That portion of Marine Fish/Shellfish Catch Area 22A in Fisherman Bay south of an east-west line projected through the red #4 buoy at the entrance to Fisherman Bay.

Fisherman Bay Non-Commercial Crab Area map

Mud Bay

That portion of Marine Fish/Shellfish Catch Area 22A in Mud Bay south of a line projected through Crab and Fortress Islands and intersecting Lopez Island on both ends.

Padilla Bay

That portion of Marine Fish/Shellfish Catch Area 22B within a line projected from the northern end of the eastern most oil dock at March Point to the red #2 buoy, thence south to the red #8 buoy, thence west to shore and following the shoreline to the point of origin.

Fidalgo Bay/Padilla Bay Non-commercial/Limited Commercial Crab Area map

Lummi/Bellingham bays

All waters east of a line from the entrance buoy at Sandy Point to Gooseberry Point and all waters of Bellingham Bay west of a line from the exposed boulder at Point Francis to the pilings at Stevies Point.

Lummi Bay Non-Commercial Crab Area map

 

Bellingham Bay Non-Commercial Crab Area map

Utsalady Bay

That portion of Marine Fish/Shellfish Catch Area 24A within a line drawn from Rocky Point to the red #2 buoy north of Utsalady Point and then to Brown Point on the northeast corner of Utsalady Bay.

Utsalady Bay Non-Commercial Crab Area map

Holmes Harbor

That portion of Marine Fish/Shellfish Catch Area 24D south of a line extending from the point located at the southern end of Honeymoon Bay (48º 03.047' N, 122º 32.306' W) to the point just north of Beverly Beach.

Holmes Harbor Non-Commercial Crab Area map

Cornet Bay

That portion of Marine Fish/Shellfish Catch Area 24A south of a line projected true east and west from the north tip of Ben Ure Island.

Cornet Bay Non-Commercial Crab Area map

N. Skagit/Similk Area

Those waters of Marine Fish-Shellfish Management and Catch Reporting Area 24A east of a line projected true northfrom the most westerly tip of Skagit Island and extending south to the most westerly tip of Hope Island, thence southeast to Seal Rocks, thence southeast to the green can buoy at the mouth of Swinomish Channel, thence easterly to the west side of Goat Island.

Skagit/Similk Bay Non-Commercial Crab Areas map

E. Port Susan Area

That portion of Marine Fish/Shellfish Catch Area 24B east of a line projected from the five meter tower (located between Gedney Island and Priest Point) to Barnum Point and south of a line projected west from Kayak Point, and north of a line projected from the five meter tower to Priest Point.

East Port Susan Non-Commercial Crab Area map

Region 4

Which includes Catch Areas 26B and 26C.

Region 5

Which includes Catch Areas 25C, 27A, 27B, and 27C.

Region 6

Which includes Catch Areas 26D, 28A, 28B, 28C, and 28D.

Port Townsend Bay

Those waters of Marine Fish-Shellfish Management and Catch Reporting Area 25D within a line projected from the Point Hudson Marina entrance to the northern tip of Indian Island, thence to Kala Point, and thence following the shoreline to the point of origin. 

Port Townsend Bay Limited Commercial Crab Area map

 

Non-Commercial Area - Health Advisory

The following area(s) will be closed to State commercial crabbing until further notice.

Port Angeles Harbor

That portion of Marine Fish/Shellfish Catch Area 23D west of a line from the eastern tip of Ediz Hook to the ITT Rayonier Dock will be closed based on recommendations from the Clallam County Department of Health and Human Services web page.

Limited Commercial Areas - Season Restrictions

The following areas are closed to all State commercial crab harvest during the times indicated unless opened by emergency regulation.  Please check the emergency regulations to see if any of these have been opened.

Langley

That portion of Marine Fish/Shellfish Catch Area 24C inshore of the 400-foot depth contour within an area described by two lines projected northeasterly from Sandy Point and the entrance to the marina at Langley shall be closed October 1 through October 15.

Langley Limited Commercial Crab Area map

Useless Bay

That portion of Marine Fish/Shellfish Catch Area 26A in Useless Bay north and east of a line from the south end of the Double Bluff State Park seawall (47º 58.782' N, 122º 30.84' W) projected 110º true to the boulder on shore (47º 57.690' N, 122º 26.742' W) shall be closed from October 1 through October 15.

Useless Bay Limited Commercial Crab Area map

Port Gardner

That portion of Marine Fish/Shellfish Catch Area 26A east of a line projected from the outermost tip of the ferry dock at Mukilteo projected to the green #3 buoy at the mouth of the Snohomish River and west of a line projected from that #3 buoy southward to the oil boom pier on the shoreline shall be closed until further notice.

Port Gardner Limited Commercial Crab Area map

Possession Point to Glendale

That portion of Marine Fish/Shellfish Catch Area 26A east of a line that extends true north from the green #1 buoy at Possession Point to Possession Point and west of a line from the green #1 buoy at Possession Point extending northward along the 200 foot depth contour to the Glendale dock shall be closed October 1 through October 15.

Possession Point Limited Commercial Crab Area map

Birch Bay

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, shall be closed October 1 through October 31 and March 1 through April 15.

Birch Bay Limited Season/Non-commercial Crab Area map

Fidalgo Bay

That portion of Marine Fish/Shellfish Catch Area 22B in Fidalgo Bay south of a line from the red #4 buoy at the Cap Sante Marina entrance to the northern end of the eastern most oil dock shall be closed October 1 through October 31, and March 1 through April 15, of each year.

Fidalgo Bay/Padilla Bay Non-commercial/Limited Commercial Crab Area map

Deer Harbor

That portion of Marine Fish/Shellfish Catch Area 22A in Deer Harbor north of a line from Steep Point to Pole Pass Pass shall be closed October 1 through October 31 and March 1 through April 15.

Deer Harbor Limited Commercial Crab Area map

Limited Commercial Areas - Pot Restrictions

The following areas will be open to State commercial crabbing with the indicated pot limits.

Sequim Bay

That portion of Marine Fish/Shellfish Catch Area 25A south of a line true west from Travis Spit to the Miller Peninsula will operate subject to a 20 pot per vessel limit.

Sequim Bay Limited Commercial Crab Area map

N. Discovery Bay

That portion of Marine Fish/Shellfish Catch Area 25E south of a line from Diamond Point to Cape George and north of a line from Contractors Point to Tukey Point will operate subject to a 20 pot per vessel limit.

Discovery Bay Non-commercial and Limited Commercial Crab Areas