Recreational crabbing reopens in Grays Harbor

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by WA Department of Fish & Wildlife Staff

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. 

Information contact: Region 6, 360-249-4628.


Fishers must have a current Washington fishing license, appropriate to the fishery. Check the WDFW "Fishing in Washington" rules pamphlet for details on fishing seasons and regulations. Fishing rules are subject to change. Check the WDFW Fishing hotline for the latest rule information at 360-902-2500, press 2 for recreational rules. For the Shellfish Rule Change hotline call 360-796-3215 or toll free 1-866-880-5431.

Individuals who need to receive this information in an alternative format, language, or who need reasonable accommodations to participate in WDFW-sponsored public meetings or other activities may contact the Title VI/ADA Compliance Coordinator by phone at 360-902-2349, TTY (711), or email ([email protected]). For more information, see

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