The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife is closing most areas of Puget Sound to recreational crab fishing beginning at sunset Monday.
The only two areas to remain open after Labor Day will be marine areas 7-North and 7-South, near the San Juan Islands. Sport fishers crabbing in those two areas after Sept. 2 must record their catch on winter catch record cards.
All sport fishers licensed to fish for Dungeness crab in the Puget Sound have through October 1 to submit summer catch reports to WDFW.
Crabbers can submit their catch record cards by mail at CRC Unit, 600 Capitol Way N, Olympia, WA 98501-1091. They can also submit records online at https: //fishhunt.dfw.wa.gov/wdfw/puget_sound_crab_catch.html from Sept. 3-Oct. 1.