Area 7 North Sport Crabbing Opener Delayed 2 Days
Editor’s note: This WDFW press release was originally posted on August 13, 2021 to Facebook.
Following the recent passing of tribal leader Lorraine Loomis, state fishery managers announced today that the recreational crabbing opener in the Gulf of Georgia (Marine Area 7 North) in northern San Juan Islands will be delayed by two days until Aug. 21.
At the request of the Swinomish Indian Tribal Community, the delay will provide additional time for tribal co-managers to adjust and prosecute previously planned fisheries in light of the loss of Lorraine Loomis.
“As Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission chairperson and Swinomish Indian Tribal Community fisheries manager, Lorraine had a profound impact across the region and within her tribe,” said Kelly Susewind, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) director. “We share this loss alongside the tribe.”
Following the Aug. 21 opener, the recreational season will extend through Monday August 23, and remain open Thursday through Monday each week through September 27. Starting September 28, the season schedule will transition to 7 days per week to catch up to opportunity impacted by the delayed season start.
The daily limits in all open marine areas are five crabs per day for Dungeness crabs, six crabs per day for red rock crabs, and six crabs per day for tanner crabs. All Dungeness crabs retained through Labor Day must be recorded on a summer catch record card.
Crabs that are retained after Labor Day must be recorded on a winter catch record card. Additional information is available on WDFW’s website at wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/shellfishing-regulations/crab. Winter catch reports are due to WDFW by Feb.1, 2022. For more information on catch record cards, visit WDFW’s website at wdfw.wa.gov/licenses/fishing/catch-record-card/dungeness.