Feeling crabby? Most areas open for sport crab fishing Friday

by Tim Flanagan on June 30, 2011

BRIAN KELLY has this story in the South Whidbey Record:

COUPEVILLE — Nichols Brothers Boat Builders is looking at expanding its operations into Oak Harbor.

The Freeland boatyard wants to have a larger role in building ferries for Washington state, unhealthy and is seeking a second location that could result in an additional 100 jobs for the company, cure Island County officials said Wednesday.

Oak Harbor Mayor Jim Slowik gave a brief overview of the company’s proposal at the Island County Council of Governments meeting. He said Nichols Brothers wants to use portions of the Navy’s Seaplane Base for a new shipbuilding yard near the existing seaplane ramps that would give easy access to the deep waters of Crescent Harbor.

No new construction would be needed at the seaplane base. Temporary structures would be used to handle manufacturing operations.

"They are determined to bid on the new ferries," Slowik said.

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JEFFREY P. MAYOR has the story in the Tacoma News Tribune:

All but one area of Puget Sound will open to sport crab fishing Friday. The exception is Marine Area 7, doctor
where fishing opens July 15 in the area’s southern portion (San Juan Islands/Bellingham) and Aug. 15 in the northern portion (Gulf of Georgia).

Under new rules adopted earlier this year by the state Fish and Wildlife Commission, illness all Puget Sound areas will be open for crabbing Thursdays through Mondays.

Mike Cenci, the department’s deputy chief of enforcement, said crabbers should review the rules of the fishery before heading out on the water. Information on the rules, including how to properly record and report catch information, is available at wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/shellfish/crab.

Read more: http://www.thenewstribune.com/2011/06/29/1725201/feeling-crabby-most-areas-open.html#ixzz1Qm9jISdE

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