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Puget Sound Commercial Dungeness Crab Fishery

Note: The following regulations are the opening emergency regulations for the 2014-2015 season. In-season emergency regulations will be posted on this site as they occur. You can also call the Commercial Crab Hotline at the number posted to the left of this page for the latest emergency regulations.

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:

ANNOUNCEMENT: The 2014-15 Puget Sound Commercial Crab Fishery will open at 8:00 am, Wednesday, October 1st, 2014. Please check back to this web page for additional details.

NOTICE: The 2014 Puget Sound Commercial Crab Information Packet for Fishers and Buyers has been updated and can be downloaded by clicking on the appropriate link on the sidebar.

NOTICE: The Puget Sound Commercial Crab Hotline number is being phased out this season.

The Following is the initial Emergency Regulation:

                                                 ORDER NO. 14-276                                                                                            

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   WAC 220-52-04000M   Commercial crab fishery—Lawful and unlawful gear, methods, and other unlawful acts.

 Notwithstanding the provisions of WAC 220-52-040:

(1) It is permissible to deploy Dungeness crab pots for commercial purposes starting at 8:00 a.m. October 1, 2014 until 7:00 p.m. October 2, 2014, in Puget Sound waters from a vessel not designated on a person’s Puget Sound crab license, provided that the primary or alternate operator designated on the license is on board the non-designated vessel (“barge” vessel), and prior notice has been given as provided below. Crab pots may only be deployed during daylight hours.

(2) The licensed owner must leave a telephone message at the Mill Creek annex office, (425) 379-2315 or send an email to crabreport@dfw.wa.gov, detailing the following information:

            (a) Name and license number of licensed owner.

            (b) Name of designated primary operator if different from licensed owner.

            (c) Name of alternate operator if used to deploy pots from a non-designated vessel.

            (d) Buoy brand number and number of pots to be deployed from a non-designated vessel.

             (e) Name and identification numbers (WN and/or Coast Guard) of the non-designated vessel. 

(3) Additional area gear limits. The following Marine Fish-Shellfish Management and Catch Reporting Areas are restricted in the number of pots fished, operated, or used by a person or vessel, and it is unlawful for any person to use, maintain, operate, or control pots in excess of the following limits:   

 

(a) No commercial gear is allowed in 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.

(4) Effective 8:00 a.m. October 1, 2014, until further notice it is unlawful for any person to fish for crabs for commercial purposes with more than 50 pots per license per buoy tag number in Crab Management Regions 1, Region 2 East, and Region 2 West.  These regions include Marine Fish-Shellfish Catch Reporting Areas 20A, 20B, 21A, 21B, 22A, 22B, 24A, 24B, 24C, 24D, 25B, 25D, 26 A-E and 26A-W.

(5) The remaining buoy tags per license per region must be onboard the designated vessel and available for inspection.                                                    

                                                                                                                               

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    WAC 220-52-04600A  Puget Sound crab fishery--Seasons and Areas.                      

Notwithstanding the provisions of WAC 220-52-046:

(1) Effective 8:00 a.m. October 1, 2014, 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.

 

(d) Those waters of Marine Fish-Shellfish Management and Catch Reporting Area 26A-W in Useless Bay north and east of a line from the south end of the Double Bluff State Park seawall

(47°58.782'N, 122°30.840'W) projected 110 degrees true to the boulder on shore (47°57.690'N, 122°26.742'W).

 

(e) Port Gardner: That portion of Marine Fish-Shellfish Catch Reporting 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.

 

(f) Possession Point to Glendale: That portion of Marine Fish-Shellfish Management and Catch Reporting 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.

 

(g) Langley: That portion of Marine Fish-Shellfish Management and Catch Reporting Area 24C shoreward 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.

 

(2) Effective 8:00 a.m. October 1, 2014, 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.

 

(c) Those waters of Marine Fish-Shellfish Management and Catch Reporting Area 24A east of a line projected true north from 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.                             

                                                          

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   WAC 220-69-24000J  Duties of commercial purchasers and receivers.     

   Notwithstanding the provisions of WAC 220-69-240, effective at 8:00 am, October 1, 2014, until further notice, it is unlawful for any wholesale dealer acting in the capacity of an original receiver of Dungeness crab taken by non-treaty fishers from Puget Sound, to fail to report to the department the previous day’s purchases by 10:00 a.m. the following business day.  Reports must be made by fax to (425) 338-1066 or by e-mail at crabreport@dfw.wa.gov, and must specify the dealer name, dealer phone number, date of delivery of crab to the original receiver, and the total number of pounds of crab caught by non-treaty fishers, by Crab Management Region or by Marine Fish-Shellfish Management and Catch Reporting Area.