The summer Puget Sound and Hood Canal Dungeness crab fishery is coming to an end soon after what has turned out to be a surprisingly good season.
Most areas will close at sunset on Monday, Sept. 1, and summer catch record card must be turned in by Oct. 1.
Two areas still open for crabbing are the San Juan Islands Marine Catch Area 7 North and South, and anglers must use their winter catch record cards.
It is now mandatory for anglers to report their catch record cards whether they caught crab or not by Oct. 1.
The reports help state Fish and Wildlife determine what is left available in the sport catch quota for the winter fishing season that will be announced in early October.
Catch cards can be submitted from Sept. 2 to Oct. 1 by mail at CRC Unit, 600 Capitol Way N., Olympia, WA 98501-1091 or online at https://fishhunt.dfw.wa.gov/wdfw/puget_sound_crab_catch.html.
Those who don’t report their catch will face a $10 fine when they purchase a 2015 Puget Sound crab endorsement.
Winter cards are free to those with crab endorsements, and available at sporting goods stores and other statewide license vendors.
For more information, go to http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/shellfish/crab/.