After long wait, crabbers hit the water in Blaine, Birch Bay

Published on Wed, Aug 15, 2012 by Jeremy Schwartz

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At long last, the waters off Blaine and Birch Bay will be open to recreational crabbing starting Thursday.

Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) officials have set 7 a.m., Thursday, August 16, as the official start of the recreational crab fishing season in Blaine and Birch Bay. Crabbers will be able to drop their pots and fish for crab Thursdays through Mondays until Sunday, September 30.

Daily limits for the northern Puget Sound area, which includes Blaine and Birch Bay, have been set at five male Dungeness crabs 6.25 inches or larger and six red rock crabs of either sex 5 inches or larger. Soft-shell crab, those that have molted in the past two or three months, of both species must be released.

All sport crabbers 15 years or older must carry a current Washington fishing license, according to WDFW regulations. Additionally, all crabbers, regardless of age, who fish for crab in Puget Sound must carry and complete catch record cards to account for all Dungeness crab they catch.

For more information on WDFW crabbing regulations, call 1-866-880-5431 or visit WDFW's website.