Much of Puget Sound will reopen for recreational crabbing Tuesday, including Hood Canal and the deep South Sound. Crabbing will be allowed seven days a week through Dec. 31.
The state Department of Fish and Wildlife approved the openings after summer-catch assessments indicated more crab are available for harvest, said Rich Childers, shellfish manager for the department.
The marine areas reopening at 8 a.m. are: 4 (Neah Bay), 5 (Sekiu), 6 (eastern Strait of Juan de Fuca), 7 (San Juan Islands), 8-1 (Deception Pass, Hope Island and Skagit Bay), 8-2 (Port Susan and Port Gardner), 9 (Admiralty Inlet), 12 (Hood Canal) and 13 (South Puget Sound).
Marine areas 10 (Seattle/Bremerton Area) and 11 (Tacoma-Vashon Island) will not reopen because the annual quotas in those areas were reached during the summer fishery.