Washington State Department of Health: website provides real-time public health advisories and specific information on health risks associated with consumption of fish and shellfish harvested from Washington (e.g., mercury, PCBs, DDTs, PBDEs, oil, etc.)


The United States Department of Commerce’s National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Seafood Inspection Program (USDC NOAA SIP) is the US competent authority for the export of live fishery products intended for human consumption. The Agricultural Marketing Act of 1946 (AMA: 7 U.S.C. 1621-1627) is the primary legislative authority for the services provided by the USDC SIP. The Fish and Wildlife Act of 1956 (16 U.S.C. 742e) also holds authorities for activities related to commercial fisheries provided by the USDC. Through cooperative agreements with State and local regulators, NOAA SIP provides guidance, information and/or certifications to the seafood industry attesting to the acceptability of live product relative to purchase specifications, domestic and foreign requirements, including safety, animal health and wholesomeness.

The live fishery product export environment provides challenges and hurdles that require regular communication between US Federal and State agencies. With the interest in keeping information transparent and immediately available to the US industry, US Trade partners and all foreign import authorities, NOAA SIP has provided the below set of websites and links that advise on public health, animal disease controls, marine site maps and general open/closure information. The information provided within is part of, and in no way a comprehensive set of information, for the final certification decision by NOAA SIP. The NOAA SIP assumes no liability for the accuracy of this information.

Link here for a pdf map of Commercial Harvest Areas for Washington State commercial Dungeness crab harvest in Puget Sound.

The regions outlined in this map link are the only ones that are available to State commercial Dungeness crab harvest in Puget Sound. They include:

Region l : MFSF 20A, 20B, 2 1J\,218, 22A, 22B
Region 2E
: MFSF 24A, 248, 24C, 240 , 26AE
Region 2W
: (25C not included), MFSF 258 , 250, 26A W
Region 3-1
: West Beach area, MFSF 23A and 238
Region 3-2
: MFSF 25A, 25E, 23D
Region 3-3
: MFSF 23C & 29

The State commercial fisheries are currently active in Region I, Region 2 East and Region 3 (subarea 3-1 and 3-3). Region 2 West and Region 3 (subarea 3-2) were just closed, because allocations have not been taken in those two areas. However, the abundance is good in these areas and harvesters may be going back into them soon if allocation increases are negotiated with Treaty Co-Managers.

Currently there are only 2 active Treaty commercial fisheries (Puget Sound Region I and Region 2 East). However, allocation is available for Treaty harvest in Region 2 West and Region 3 (subarea 3-2).

There are other Treaty commercial fisheries that may open in the future that aren't shown on the map link. These include Puget Sound Region 4 (Marine Fish Shellfish Catch Reporting Areas 26B and 26C) and Puget Sound Region 5 (Marine Fish Shell fish Catch Reporting Areas 25C, 27A, 278 and 27C. Attached is a PDF map that shows the Marine Fish Shellfish Catch Reporting Areas for those areas. Region 6 and Region 7 (Marine Fish Shellfish Catch Reporting Areas 26D, 28A, 28B. 28C and 280) are all closed due to abundance concerns.