The summer Dungeness crab fishery in most areas of Puget Sound will come to an end at sunset on Monday, Sept. 2 after what has been a fairly good season, and crab catch cards must be submitted from Sept. 3 to Oct. 1.
The two spots still open are the San Juan Islands (Marine Catch Area 7) north and south regions, and anglers in those areas must use their winter catch record cards.
“Catch reports play a major role in determining how much crab is still available for harvest during the winter season,” Rich Childers, the state Fish and Wildlfei’s shellfish policy lead said in a news release. “It’s important that we receive reports from everyone licensed to fish for crab in Puget Sound – whether or not they caught crab this year.”
Those who don’t report catch reports will be penalized $10 when they purchase their 2014 Puget Sound crab endorsement.
Winter crab fisheries in Puget Sound will be announced sometime in early October.
Submit catch record cards to Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife CRC Unit, 600 Capitol Way N., Olympia, WA. 98501-1091 or online at https://fishhunt.dfw.wa.gov/wdfw/puget_sound_crab_catch.html.