With the New Year upon us and another winter crab season almost in the books, crabbers are reminded that it is now mandatory to submit their catch record report cards.
The crabbing season in all areas of Puget Sound closes Jan. 2, and will not reopen until this summer.
The catch record cards are due by Jan. 15 even if anglers didn’t catch any crab this winter. Those who fail to submit them will be fined $10 when they purchase their 2010 crab endorsement.
“The 2009 winter crab fishing season is the first one for which fines will be issued, but we’re hoping everyone turns in their catch reports and avoids the penalty altogether,” Rich Childers, a state Fish and Wildlife shellfish manager said in a news release. “By submitting their catch data, crabbers play an important role in managing the Puget Sound crab fishery.”
Those who file their catch reports will be entered in a drawing for one of 10 free combination fishing licenses.
Anglers can mail their catch record cards to: WDFW CRC Unit, 600 Capitol Way North, Olympia, WA. 98501-1091 or on-line at the state Fish and Wildlife Web site.