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Puget Sound Dungeness Crab
Yearly Harvest Estimates

The catch by recreational crabbers in Puget Sound more than doubled from 1996 to 2003 according to estimates by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife. Prior to 1996 recreational harvest estimates were not made.

Season State
Commercial
State
Recreational
State
Total
Tribal
Total
Total
Puget Sound
1996-97 2,273,923 806,034 3,079,957 2,962,207 6,042,164
1997-98 2,721,598 1,059,008 3,780,606 3,468,128 7,248,734
1998-99 1,991,975 1,114,128 3,106,103 3,292,531 6,398,634
1999-00 2,222,726 1,099,365 3,322,091 3,304,369 6,626,460
2000-01 2,546,692 1,453,823 4,000,515 4,132,222 8,132,737
2001-02 3,105,872 1,264,575 4,370,447 4,400,115 8,770,562
2002-03 2,857,854 1,339,073 4,196,927 4,172,496 8,369,423
2003-04 2,877,619 1,706,906 4,584,525 4,008,988 8,593,513
2004-05 2,406,932 1,620,847 4,027,779 3,997,755 8,025,534
2005-06 2,536,271 1,213,654 3,749,925 3,968,048 7,717,973

2006-07

2,489,352

1,159,817

3,649,169

3,967,564

7,598,768

2007-08

2,709,792

1,141,977

3,851,769

4,020,432

7,872,201

2008-09

2,855,730

1,349,487

4,205,217

4,104,775

8,309,992

2009-10

3,036,604

1,459,405

4,496,009

4,442,701

8,938,710

2010-11

2,574,496

1,854,956

4,429,452

4,323,974

8,753,426

           
Numbers reflect pounds of Dungeness crab harvested