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Recreational crabbing reopened in most Washington inland waters

Personal use or recreational crabbing resumed Wednesday, Oct. 1 in all but two of Washington's inland water management zones.

Marine locales off the shores of Whatcom County, except inside reservation boundaries and preserves, from Boundary Bay south to Samish Bay as well as waters off Skagit County and throughout the San Juan Islands are among those again available to sport or personal use gatherers of Dungeness and red rock crab.

All reopened waters are available seven days a week. The allowable daily take is five male Dungeness and six either sex red rock crabs, with minimum size restrictions applying.

Besides their basic marine waters license that allows the taking of crab, fishers must also buy a Puget Sound Crab Endorsement and have a free winter crab catch record card as well. 

The only two Puget Sound marine areas not reopening the Seattle/Bremerton (Area 10) and Tacoma/Vashon Island (Area 11) where personal use crabbers caught the lion's share of their allocation in just passed the summer season.

The 2014 winter stanza is scheduled to run through the end of December after which crabbers will have until Sunday, Feb. 1 to file their catch reports.