Late-season crabbing underway

Fishery managers from Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife approved late-season crabbing in several marine areas in Puget Sound, including Whidbey Island.

The season opened at 8 a.m. this past Saturday. Crabbing will be allowed seven days a week through Dec. 31. The daily catch limit is five hard shell Dungeness crab with a minimum carapace width of 6.25 inches. Anglers can only retain males. Crabbers can also catch six red rock crab of either sex per day with a minimum carapace width of 5 inches.

Dungeness crab catches must be noted on winter catch record cards.

• Visit http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/shellfish/crab/ for more information on rules and regulations.

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