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Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

October 7, 2011 at 4:41 PM

Thurston County judge denies motion by Puget Sound commercial crabbers

Word just came out of Thurston County Court today (Friday, Oct. 7) that Judge Thomas McPhee has denied the motion by the Puget Sound commercial crab industry to stop the expansion of crab fishing by sport crabbers.

“It has now gone through the process and the judge denied it,” said Tony Floor, director of fishing affairs for the Northwest Marine Trade Association and state Fish and Wildlife sport fishing advisory board member. “The judge ruled in favor by saying the commission has the full authority on the decision.”

In the lawsuit the commercial crabbers were against the state by saying the state Fish and Wildlife Commission made their decision, by providing recreational crabbers with more crab fishing opportunity, in an arbitrary and capricious manner.

As Floor had said before, the commission, guided by process did a comprehensive and public dissection of the issue.

In Floor’s monthly “Tackle Box” he went on to say that: “The market place is full of crab, year-round, as there are 250 Puget Sound commercial crab licenses compared to 225,000 of us. And, the commercials (along with the tribes) have all the crab they can gag on in the ocean fishery. It’s about time the courts and fishery managers make decisions, consistently, fully considering economic benefits. Game over.”

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