Dungeness crab season

Dungeness crab season DEFAULT

Puget Sound recreational crab season starts as early as July 1 in some areas


SEATTLE - Get out the sticks of butter and the big pots: One of Washington's most popular fishing seasons gets underway soon. 

The state Department of Fish and Wildlife has released the schedule for recreational crabbing season, which includes Dungeness crabs - among the most sought after and tastiest crustaceans in our region. 

Starting as early as July 1, crabbers can head to areas like Neah Bay and Deception Pass. More popular waterways around Seattle and Tacoma don't open until later. All are strictly regulated. 

The daily limit throughout Puget Sound is five Dungeness crab, males only, in hard-shell condition with a minimum carapace width of 6¼ inches. Fishers may also keep six red rock crab of either sex per day in open areas, provided the crab are in hard-shell condition and measure at least 5 inches carapace width.

Fish and Wildlife officials expect good returns in many areas this season. All crabbers are required to report their catch on the Fish and Wildlife website. 

 2021 Crab Season Schedule: 

  • Marine Areas 4 (Neah Bay east of the Bonilla-Tatoosh line), 5 (Sekiu), 6 (East Juan de Fuca Strait), 8-1 (Deception Pass), 8-2 (Port Susan/Everett), and 9 (Port Gamble and Admiralty Inlet): Open July 1 - Sept. 6, Thursdays - Mondays.
  • Marine Area 7 South (San Juan Islands/Bellingham): Open July 15 - Sept. 30, Thursdays-Mondays.
  • Marine Area 7 North (Gulf of Georgia): Open Aug. 19 - Sept. 30, Thursdays – Mondays.
  • Marine Area 10 (Seattle/Bremerton): Open July 11 - Sept. 6. Sundays/Mondays only.
  • Marine Area 11 (Tacoma-Vashon Island): Open July 11 - August 30. Sundays/Mondays only.
  • Marine Area 12 (Hood Canal) north of a line projected true east from Ayock Point: Open July 1 - Sept. 6, Thursdays-Mondays.

The following areas are closed this season to allow weak Dungeness crab populations to increase:

  • Marine Area 12 (Hood Canal) south of a line projected true east from Ayock Point.
  • Marine Area 13 (South Puget Sound).

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Delays to the Dungeness crab commercial season have become a regular occurrence over the past five years, but this season, it’s missed all three of its biggest holidays: Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s. For everyone who looks forward to live crab scuttling onto restaurant menus this time of year, it’s a disappointment. But for small local fishermen who rely on those holiday sales to get through the winter, it’s devastating. And without any opening date on the horizon, some are now saying that the entire season might be a wash.

“It’s super frustrating,” says Heather Sears, captain of the Princess out of Fort Bragg. “The public just wants crabs, and we as fishermen just want to produce crabs, especially for the holiday market, which is the most lucrative live market of the year … but at this point, the whole season might be a write-off.”

Crab season traditionally opens in November, but fears of whale entanglement delayed the season from November 15 to December 1, which means that local crab wasn’t on any Thanksgiving tables. Then, days before Christmas, fishermen say that Pacific Seafood, the big wholesaler that buys most of the crab up the West Coast, lowballed the price they’d pay at $2.25 per pound, when fishermen were hoping for more than $3 per pound. It’s a disagreement in price that led to a standoff between the fishermen and the buyers, as the fisherman refuse to go out for that low a price, while the wholesalers refuse to up their offer.

Pacific Seafood denies holding up the season, as stated in the Chronicle, but the crab fishermen and restaurant suppliers that Eater SF has spoken with disagree. Whatever the case, the impasse means that a week into 2021, fishermen have yet to start their much-needed season, the first one after a massive May fire at Pier 45 destroyed the gear belonging to 30 members of the area’s fishing community.

For small local fishermen, missing Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s means they have completely lost that small but special market for live crab during the holidays. Sears grew up in Morro Bay, and says that crab is her favorite fishery (“even though my dad says it’s like being a garbage man”). She says she spent $71,000 on a crabbing permit just a few years ago, hoping it would make up 50 percent of her business, working the classic Californian split of Chinook salmon in the summer and Dungeness crab in the winter. Now, her boat is tied up in the harbor, sitting with 9,000 pounds of empty traps. She’s picked up a couple of different permits to expand into rockfish, instead.

She also owns a small market, and feels it on the retail side. Princess Seafood Market & Deli offers an ice case full of fish, as well as burgers and tacos to go. “Missing the holidays is huge,” says Sears. “I could have made so much money … we had a line down the street and up the hill for live crab, and we had to sell frozen. Some people turned around and walked away.” She estimates holiday crab sales were 20 percent compared to past years. “Look, this is a crab town,” she says. “They’re going to wait, and I don’t blame them. I’m not going to eat a frozen crab.”

Restaurants in San Francisco would usually snap up those live crabs at the outset of the season, when the wild ingredient would star on menus across the city. Adrian Hoffman of Four Star Seafood, a former chef turned fishmonger, says he usually sells 400 to 500 pounds of live crab a day during the holidays, to restaurants from Scoma’s and Waterbar to Saison and Benu. Now, he’s going direct to consumers, selling frozen crab sections through a new website. “They’re good,” the former chef promises. “If you’re making a cioppino, there isn’t really any positive to using a live crab.” He also just opened Billingsgate, that new seafood market and counter in Noe Valley, with a plan to install live tanks to feature the beloved local crustacean.

Those tanks are currently empty of crab, and it remains to be seen whether they’ll be filled at all this year. Sears wouldn’t describe the fishermen’s refusal to fish as a stalemate, saying “it’s a fluid situation,” and pointing out that there is nothing legally stopping her from going out and fishing crab right now — and because she is in the unique position of having her own market, “I’m not going to sell one crab to Pac Seafood, ever,” she says, so their price offer isn’t the issue. Burt she says she’ll remain tied up in solidarity with the other fleets, in opposition to the big wholesaler’s efforts to “dominate isn’t even the right word,” she says, “it’s so far beyond that.”

Hoffman also confirms that there’s nothing to stop fishermen from breaking ranks and going out in the middle of the night to net some crab. “But that crab would be worthless,” Hoffman says. “It only works because there’s one customer who buys millions of pounds of crab a year. That’s why they have the power to set the price.”

Sours: https://sf.eater.com/2021/1/8/22221003/dungeness-crab-sf-bay-area-2021
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When harvesting Dungeness Crab in Puget Sound only, a catch record card (CRC) and a crab endorsement are required. Any harvest after Labor Day must be recorded on a winter CRC. Refer to CRC rules on Catch Records & Codes. A $10.00 penalty will be added to the cost of your next Puget Sound crab endorsement if you fail to either return your cards by mail or report your catch information on the Internet (fishhunt.dfw.wa.gov) by the deadline printed on each card. Even if you did not catch any crab, report by the deadline. Must release all softshell crab (underside of shell flexes with finger pressure — see below). Fishing instruments must not penetrate the shell. It is unlawful to possess crab in the field without retaining the back shell. May not retain any species of crab other than Dungeness, Red Rock, and Tanner. See rules below.

Dungeness, Red Rock, and Tanner Crab Daily Limits and Rules:

Puget Sound has a daily limit of 5 Dungeness crab, 6¼" minimum size, males only, and in hardshell condition.

Puget Sound has a daily limit of 6 Tanner Crab, 4½" minimum size, of either sex, and in hardshell condition. Measure at the widest portion of the shell.

Columbia River has a daily limit of 12 Dungeness Crab, 5¾" minimum size, males only, and in hardshell condition.

Pacific Ocean has a daily limit of 6 Dungeness Crab, 6" minimum size, males only, and in hardshell condition.

All Areas have a daily limit of 6 Red Rock Crab, 5" minimum size, of either sex.

Prior to harvesting, see additional crab gear rules on Statewide Gear Rules, check the Shellfish Rule Change toll-free Hotline, (866) 880-5431, or visit https://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/shellfishing-regulations/crab for season openings, closures, and restrictions. See also closures on Marine Preserves, Conservation Areas, and Shellfish Protection Zones.



Season / Opening Days And Times / Additional Rules

Puget Sound

Marine Areas 4 (east of the Bonilla-Tatoosh line), 5, 6, 7 South, 7 North, 8-1, 8-2, 9, 10, 11 and 12 (North of Ayock Point) Marine Areas 7 North and 7 South (See map for 7 North and 7 South below)

Dungeness, Red Rock, and Tanner Crab

For seasons go to: https://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/shellfishing-regulations/crab or refer to the toll-free shellfish rule change hotline (866) 880-5431. The dates for the season will be available in late May or early June to accommodate co-management obligations and complete preseason test fishing and quota setting.

All Dungeness crab kept must be immediately recorded on a catch record card in ink (see Catch Records & Codes).

Marine Areas 12 (south of Ayock Point), and 13

Dungeness, Red Rock, and Tanner Crab

Closed to crab harvest in 2021.

Columbia River

East of a line from exposed end of north and south jetty upstream to a line between Tongue Point and Rocky Point

Dungeness and Red Rock Crab

Open year-round to all gear.

Crab fishers may fish for crab in Oregon waters under Oregon rules and land into Washington ports of the Columbia River. A resident license from either state is required.

Pacific Ocean

Grays Harbor, and Marine Areas 1-3 and 4 (west of Bonilla-Tatoosh line)

Dungeness and Red Rock Crab

Open December 1 to September 15 for Pot Gear. Open year-round to other gear.

Willapa Bay

Dungeness and Red Rock Crab

November 15 to September 15 for Pot Gear. Open year-round to other gear.

Marine Area 7 Crab and Shrimp Maps

Please refer to marine preserve closure areas on Marine Preserves, Conservation Areas, and Shellfish Protection Zones.

Crab Map

Padilla Bay - crab fishing within 25 yards of the Burlington-Northern railroad trestles (located at the north end of the Swinomish Slough) is only allowed from one hour before official sunrise to one hour after official sunset.

Shrimp Map

Stop the Spread of Invasive European Green Crab

How To Identify European Green Crabs

  • 5 spines (marginal teeth) on the outside of each eye
  • 3 rounded lobes between eyes
  • Oval shaped carapace can reach up to 4 inches
  • Not always green, can be mottled dark brown to dark green with small yellow patches
  • Underside ranges from yellow/green to bright red

If caught RELEASE

European green crabs are classified as prohibited species and it is illegal to retain/harvest them. If you suspect you have found a green crab or molt, please leave the crab where you found it (you may keep a molt) and report a sighting.

How To Report

Take detailed photos of the topside and underside of the crab and record the location.

Phone: 1.888.WDFW.AIS (1.888.933.9247)

Online: invasivespecies.wa.gov

Email: [email protected]

App: WA invasives

For more information on European green crab in Washington State visit: https://wsg.washington.edu/crabteam/greencrab/

Sours: https://www.eregulations.com/washington/fishing/crab-rules

2021 Puget Sound Dungeness Crabbing Season

Dungeness Crab are one of the signature shellfish in the Pacific Northwest, and in Puget Sound over a quarter million people head out to soak pots and reap the rewards! A fresh caught Dungeness Crab, caught in Puget Sound and cooked the same day is one of the highlights of our amazing summers. We now have the word on our 2021 Summer crabbing season from Washington State on what our Dungeness Crab summer season will look like.

Puget Sound Dungeness Crabbing Season for 2021

SUMMER: Our initial summer crabbing seasons are published! There is always the possibility that the seasons will change as we get deeper into summer, always rely on WDFW Crab Seasons as the ultimate reference for your most updated seasons, we will try to update this page if anything changes, but use the official WDFW page for the final word. You can find more important information on crabbing regulations and gear regulations on WDFW Shellfishing Regulations.

WINTER: Many of our Puget Sound marine areas have closed after Labor Day. There is a good possibility that we will have some form of a “winter” crab season here in Central Puget Sound, and once we hear something we will update this page!

To read the initial Puget Sound crabbing season announcement, check out:

  • Marine Area 7 North (Strait of Georgia): August 19 through September 30. Thursday through Monday each week. Tuesdays and Wednesdays are closed.
  • Marine Area 7 South (San Juan Islands and Bellingham): July 15 through September 30. Thursday through Monday each week. Tuesdays and Wednesdays are closed.
  • Marine Area 8-1 (Deception Pass): July 1 through September 6. Thursday through Monday each week. Tuesdays and Wednesdays are closed.
  • Marine Area 8-2 (Port Susan and Everett): July 1 through September 6. Thursday through Monday each week. Tuesdays and Wednesdays are closed.
  • Marine Area 9 (Port Gamble and Port Ludlow): Waters north of the Hood Canal bridge to a line connecting Olele Point and Foulweather Bluff. July 1 through September 6. Thursday through Monday each week. Tuesdays and Wednesdays are closed.
  • Marine Area 9 (Admiralty Inlet): All of Marine Area 9 EXCEPT waters north of the Hood Canal bridge to a line connecting Olele Point and Foulweather Bluff. July 1 through September 6. Thursday through Monday each week. Tuesdays and Wednesdays are closed.
  • Marine Area 10 (Seattle and Bremerton): July 11 through September 6. Sunday and Monday only each week. All other days are closed.
  • Marine Area 11 (Tacoma and Vashon Island): July 11 through August 30. Sunday and Monday only each week. All other days are closed.
  • Marine Area 12 (Hood Canal North of Ayock Rock): July 1 through September 6. Thursday through Monday each week. Tuesdays and Wednesdays are closed.
  • Marine Area 12 (Hood Canal South of Ayock Rock): Closed until further notice.
  • Marine Area 13 (Deep South Sound): Closed until further notice.

How to Catch Puget Sound Dungeness Crab

Most of the Dungeness Crab catch comes from those of us in boats. We drop crab traps, pots and rings in 25′ to 150′ of water all around the Puget Sound. We use a variety of baits, such as filleted out salmon carcasses, herring, squid, cheap raw chicken or turkey legs. Drop the gear, wait at least an hour, sometimes overnight if you have a shoreside place, pull em up and see what’s up! For an in-depth review of Puget Sound Crabbing, check out our article The Ultimate Puget Sound Crabbing Guide, and if you are new and setting up your pots/traps/rings for the first time check out Rigging and Setup for Dungeness Crabbing. If you are in the market for some new crab gear, we have a brand-spankin’ new Puget Sound Crabbing Buying Guide to help you out as well. Hope you all have a great season!

Cooking Puget Sound Dungeness Crab

Once you haul in your Dungeness Crab, you will be in for one of my favorite meals! Check out How to Cook Dungeness Crab for the basics on preparing them for the table. No other meal fully encompasses the essence of the Pacific Northwest, quite like a freshly cooked Dungeness Crab meal.

Dungeness Crab Recipes

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MENDOCINO — Beginning at noon on May 10, in Fishing Zone 1 and 2, from the Oregon state line to the Sonoma/Mendocino county line, commercial Dungeness crab fishing will be allowed in ocean waters 30 fathoms and shallower.

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife completed the most recent marine life entanglement risk assessment under the Risk Assessment Mitigation Program, and recent survey data indicates humpback whales have begun to return from their winter breeding grounds to Northern California fishing grounds. Humpback and blue whales have also been sighted further offshore in central California, but primarily outside the fishing grounds.

All crabbing vessels must carry onboard an electronic monitoring system capable of recording the vessel’s location while engaged in fishing activity using GPS coordinates at a frequency of no less than once per minute during fishing operations. Electronic monitoring data must be made available to CDFW upon request for the duration of the fishing period and 60 days thereafter.

The CDFW Director will also maintain a statewide Fleet Advisory for the commercial Dungeness crab fishery for all Fishing Zones. Under the advisory, CDFW encourages the fleet to implement fishing best practices (e.g. minimizing knots, line scope) and to immediately remove all gear from ocean waters when an operator no longer intends to fish. Vessels fishing in Zones 1-4 should pay particular attention to the location of set gear and foraging whales and minimize entanglement risk by adhering to the Best Practices Guide.

CDFW will continue to monitor all available data until the next risk assessment (expected to occur on or around May 14). The fleet should be prepared to implement a change in management action which may include Fishing Zone closures in the coming weeks for all California waters.

For more information related to the risk assessment process, please visit CDFW’s Whale Safe Fisheries page or for more information on the Dungeness crab fishery, please visit www.wildlife.ca.gov/crab.

Sours: https://www.advocate-news.com/2021/05/06/dungeness-crab-fishing-opens-for-2021-season
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CA Fish and Wildlife: Dungeness crab season cut short

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (KRON) – The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) has announced that fisheries will have until July 1 to complete operations for this years Dungeness crab season.

Recent survey data indicate an increase in Humpback whales returning from their winter breeding grounds to California fishing grounds.

“It has been a very difficult year for many in our fishing communities and I recognize that every day of lost fishing further impacts families and small businesses,” said CDFW Director Charlton H. Bonham. “I acknowledge the sacrifices and resilience of California’s fishermen and women and look forward to continuing to work with the fleet and the Dungeness Crab Fishing Gear Working Group to minimize entanglement risk while maximizing opportunities.”

CDFW’s recent management efforts under the Risk Assessment and Mitigation Program (RAMP), supported by the Dungeness Crab Fishing Gear Working Group, correlates with a drop in marine life entanglements from a high of 22 confirmed entanglements involving Humpback whales, Blue whales or Leatherback sea turtles in 2016 to zero confirmed entanglements this season.

This closure shortens the season by four weeks in the central management zone and six weeks in the northern management zone. This season, which opened on December 23, was also delayed from starting by a few weeks for similar reasons.

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