Puget Sound sport crabbing closes Dec. 31

Puget Sound sport crabbing closes Dec. 31
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - Recreational crabbing in the Puget Sound closes on Dec. 31.

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife will give sport crabbers licensed to fish in the sound until Feb. 1 to report their winter catch.

Those reports are required even if a licensed fisherman did not catch any crab. Those who fail to file a 2013 report will be charged a $10 fine when they buy their 2014 license.

State officials say the crab reports help them manage the fishery.

The reports can be filed by mail or on the department's licensing website after Jan. 1.