THE FOLLOWING IS A PRESS RELEASE FROM THE WASHINGTON DEPARTMENT OF FISH AND WILDLIFE
Action: Opens recreational crabbing.
Effective date: Immediately, until further notice.
Species affected: Crab.
Location: Waters of Marine Area 2 north of Point Chehalis and all waters of Marine Area 2-2 (Grays Harbor).
Reason for action: Based on recent marine toxin test results, the Washington Department of Health has determined that Dungeness crab are safe for human consumption in that portion of Marine Area 2 north of Point Chehalis and in Marine Area 2-2 (Grays Harbor).
Additional Information: Waters of Marine Area 1, Marine area 2 south of Point Chehalis and, Marine Area 2-1 (Willapa Bay) remain closed to recreational crabbing, until further notice.
DOH recommends that crabbers who are fishing outside of the current closure area remove the crab viscera from their catch to avoid any exposure to possible toxins.