CONSERVATION: Crabbers, hunters face deadline to file reports

January 26, 2014 

Puget Sound recreational crab fishermen are reminded they must submit their winter catch report by Saturday. Hunters face a similar deadline Friday.

State law requires people who crabbed during the winter season to report their activity to the state Department of Fish and Wildlife by Saturday. A report must be submitted whether or not the person actually fished or kept Dungeness crab.

To submit catch reports, crabbers can send their catch record card to the department by mail or file their report on the department’s licensing website. The mailing address is WDFW CRC Unit, 600 Capitol Way N., Olympia, WA 98501-1091. The online reporting system is available at fishhunt.dfw.wa.gov/wdfw/puget_sound_crab_catch.html.

A $10 penalty will be added to the cost of the next Puget Sound crab endorsement if people fail to file a report.

As for hunters, people who purchased tags for black bear, deer, elk or turkey are reminded reports are due by Friday for each 2013 license, permit or tag they purchased.

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