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Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

December 22, 2012 at 10:08 AM

Winter Dungeness crab fishery winding down after a sucessful summer and winter season

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Time is running out to take advantage of what has been a stellar winter Dungeness crab season in open areas of Puget Sound and Hood Canal.

The Puget Sound Dungeness crab fishery which began on Oct. 13 will close after sunset on Dec. 31. Only central Puget Sound (Marine Catch Area 10) and south central Puget Sound (11) were closed after the summer fishery.

All crab license holders are now required to report their winter catch whether they went or not or even if they didn’t catch any crabs by Feb. 1.

Those who don’t report their catch report will receive a $10 fine when they purchase their 2013 crab endorsement. The catch data is used by state Fish and Wildlife to manage the fishery.

Mail catch record cards to WDFW CRC Unit, 600 Capitol Way N., Olympia, WA 98501-1091 or online at the state Fish and Wildlife website.

(Photo by Mark Yuasa)

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