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Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

February 13, 2011 at 6:58 AM

Sport Dungeness crabbers will see expanded time on the water starting this summer

The state Fish and Wildlife Commission approved new Puget Sound crab-fishing seasons for 2011 during a recent meeting.

This has been a big change adopted last October that will provide sport crabbers with more time on the water.

Dungeness crab fishing in Puget Sound will be allowed five days a week – Thursday through Monday – with a five-crab daily limit. Most of Puget Sound will be open from July through Labor Day.

The exception is San Juan Islands (Marine Catch Area 7), where crab seasons will open later in the season to protect soft-shell crab.

Sport crab fisheries in the southern and eastern portion of Marine Area 7 will run from July 15 through Sept. 30.

In the northern portion of Marine Area 7 the sport crab fishery will be open from Aug. 15 through Sept. 30.

Winter crab-fishing opportunities in Puget Sound will depend on what is left after crab catches occur in the summer. Numbers will be assessed and then an annoucement will be made sometime in early fall.

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