The recreational crab fishery opened on July 1 with one of the strongest crab populations seen in years. Under new rules adopted earlier this year by the Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission, all marine areas of Puget Sound will be open for crabbing Thursday through Monday of each week, allowing for an additional day of crabbing per week. Officials are encouraging people to read the rules and regulations before going out to avoid violations.
The daily catch limit in Puget Sound is five Dungeness crab, males only, in hard-shell condition with a minimum carapace width of 6¼ inches. Fishers may catch six red rock crab of either sex per day, provided those crab measure at least 5 inches across.