Crab season delays more common than not

Crab pots are stacked up in local ports awaiting a favorable announcement about the season start date for 2018-19. The start has been delayed on the south Washington coast in 11 of the past 18 years; 64 percent of the time.

ILWACO — Responding to a reader question, Washington’s main commercial Dungeness crab season from Klipsan Beach south to the Columbia has opened on its traditional Dec. 1 date in seven of the past 18 years, most recently for the 2014-15 season.

Before that, there was a run of five Dec. 1 start dates from the 2006-2007 season through the 2010-2011 season. The season also started Dec. 1 for the 2003-2004 season.

Due to a variety of factors, the 2017-18 season had the latest start date ever: Jan. 15, 2018.

For the 2018-19 season, there will be a delay until at least Dec. 15 because of low-meat crab in the southern portion of the Tri-State management area.

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