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Tanner or "Snow" Crab in Puget Sound?
« on: June 08, 2016, 01:18:25 PM »
If you check the 2016 regs they're now listed.  Only thing I can find online suggests someone found some once up in Bellingham bay.  Anyone ever see any of these in Puget Sound?  It sounds like they're becoming more prevalent down here, at least enough so that they're listed with their own separate limit.

How deep do you find them?  Sounds like they mud critters?  Now I want to eat one.

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Re: Tanner or "Snow" Crab in Puget Sound?
« Reply #1 on: June 08, 2016, 01:26:59 PM »
They are in the strait.  The commercial crabbers catch them every now and then.  Usually in the deeper.

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Re: Tanner or "Snow" Crab in Puget Sound?
« Reply #2 on: June 08, 2016, 02:40:49 PM »
Puget Sound King Crab too.

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Re: Tanner or "Snow" Crab in Puget Sound?
« Reply #3 on: June 08, 2016, 02:42:41 PM »
Where are they listed in the regs?
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Re: Tanner or "Snow" Crab in Puget Sound?
« Reply #4 on: June 08, 2016, 02:46:50 PM »
Where are they listed in the regs?

Look at the 2016 regs... the crab section sets size restrictions and limits for snow crabs... well "Tanner" crab technically.

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Re: Tanner or "Snow" Crab in Puget Sound?
« Reply #5 on: June 08, 2016, 02:52:53 PM »
WDFW website, click on shell fish, crab then type in "tanner crab" in the search box.

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Re: Tanner or "Snow" Crab in Puget Sound?
« Reply #6 on: June 08, 2016, 03:22:50 PM »
Is a tanner crab the same thing as a snow crab?
I always thought they were different.
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Re: Tanner or "Snow" Crab in Puget Sound?
« Reply #7 on: June 08, 2016, 03:24:29 PM »
Is a tanner crab the same thing as a snow crab?
I always thought they were different.
I always thought that there were like three species of crab that get labeled "snow crab" when they roll out on your plate.  :dunno:
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Re: Tanner or "Snow" Crab in Puget Sound?
« Reply #8 on: June 08, 2016, 03:26:16 PM »
Snows, could be Tanners, Opilio or Bairdi?
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Re: Tanner or "Snow" Crab in Puget Sound?
« Reply #9 on: June 08, 2016, 03:33:26 PM »
Naming convention seems a little fishy... basically Snow Crab gets applied to either when they come on the consumer market.  Opilio's are smaller, but they're very similar critters.

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Re: Tanner or "Snow" Crab in Puget Sound?
« Reply #10 on: June 08, 2016, 03:35:39 PM »
They specifically say tanner crab in the update unless I missed something?

Now anyone have any ideas on how to catch them? And where they are in the sound? Should you change to a different pot? I think it'd be fun to bring home a limit of tanners on top of Dungeness .


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Re: Tanner or "Snow" Crab in Puget Sound?
« Reply #11 on: June 08, 2016, 03:41:58 PM »
Snows, could be Tanners, Opilio or Bairdi?
That is what I was told at some point.  :dunno:
This post is not being stated as fact, just something I was told once.  :tup:
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Re: Tanner or "Snow" Crab in Puget Sound?
« Reply #12 on: June 08, 2016, 03:44:02 PM »
Snows, could be Tanners, Opilio or Bairdi?
That is what I was told at some point.  :dunno:
This post is not being stated as fact, just something I was told once.  :tup:
That is correct , they just lump all of them together when they go to market. Apparently "snow crab " sounds more appealing then tanner or bairdi to consumers.


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Re: Tanner or "Snow" Crab in Puget Sound?
« Reply #13 on: June 08, 2016, 03:47:06 PM »
They specifically say tanner crab in the update unless I missed something?

Now anyone have any ideas on how to catch them? And where they are in the sound? Should you change to a different pot? I think it'd be fun to bring home a limit of tanners on top of Dungeness .


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Re: Tanner or "Snow" Crab in Puget Sound?
« Reply #14 on: June 08, 2016, 03:47:51 PM »
They specifically say tanner crab in the update unless I missed something?

Now anyone have any ideas on how to catch them? And where they are in the sound? Should you change to a different pot? I think it'd be fun to bring home a limit of tanners on top of Dungeness .


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Re: Tanner or "Snow" Crab in Puget Sound?
« Reply #15 on: June 08, 2016, 03:53:07 PM »
Oops, hadn't downloaded the latest regs.  This is interesting. 
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Re: Tanner or "Snow" Crab in Puget Sound?
« Reply #16 on: June 08, 2016, 04:01:56 PM »
Snows, could be Tanners, Opilio or Bairdi?
That is what I was told at some point.  :dunno:
This post is not being stated as fact, just something I was told once.  :tup:
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Re: Tanner or "Snow" Crab in Puget Sound?
« Reply #17 on: June 08, 2016, 10:32:38 PM »
If snow crab applies to all the species listed above then they are a deep water species. They fish all the above mentioned crabs on deadliest catch and they fish hundreds of feet deep, like 3-500'.  You might check out the Alaska Outdoors Forum, there is probably some info there since they have a recreational tanner crab fishery in Alaska.
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Re: Tanner or "Snow" Crab in Puget Sound?
« Reply #18 on: June 08, 2016, 10:43:20 PM »
If snow crab applies to all the species listed above then they are a deep water species. They fish all the above mentioned crabs on deadliest catch and they fish hundreds of feet deep, like 3-500'.  You might check out the Alaska Outdoors Forum, there is probably some info there since they have a recreational tanner crab fishery in Alaska.

I found a thread quickly on the Alaska Outdoors Forum about Tanner's. It suggested finding a muddy bottom in atleast 30 fathoms but more like 50 fathoms. Apparently you need specific pots for them, I couldn't see the pics as I'm not a member there. I'll bet there is plenty more info you just need to scroll through the back pages of the shell fishing forum. That was just the first thread I opened. Good luck, report back if you give it a try!
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Re: Tanner or "Snow" Crab in Puget Sound?
« Reply #19 on: June 08, 2016, 11:04:10 PM »
Bairdi is the scientific name of Tanner crab.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chionoecetes_bairdi
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Re: Tanner or "Snow" Crab in Puget Sound?
« Reply #20 on: June 08, 2016, 11:07:37 PM »
This is a recreational tanner crab pot, they also have pyramid style pots. From other pics I looked at they are big, way bigger that dungeness pots.

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Re: Tanner or "Snow" Crab in Puget Sound?
« Reply #21 on: June 10, 2016, 03:10:24 AM »
Wonder what that thing weighs. Any guesses?


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Re: Tanner or "Snow" Crab in Puget Sound?
« Reply #22 on: June 10, 2016, 07:12:48 AM »
I know someone who commercial test fished them last year in the San juans, there are Lots and LOTS of them. As has been said they are deep, he fished them at 400 feet. I saw them in a live tank at the Seafood outfit by my house.  They are opilio . Don't worry they won't be bountiful once the natives claim their 50 percent.

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Re: Tanner or "Snow" Crab in Puget Sound?
« Reply #23 on: June 10, 2016, 10:19:27 AM »
I know someone who commercial test fished them last year in the San juans, there are Lots and LOTS of them. As has been said they are deep, he fished them at 400 feet. I saw them in a live tank at the Seafood outfit by my house.  They are opilio . Don't worry they won't be bountiful once the natives claim their 50 percent.


Was this all near bellingham bay as mentioned in the research articles I've seen?  Test fishery for commercial?

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Re: Tanner or "Snow" Crab in Puget Sound?
« Reply #24 on: June 10, 2016, 04:56:36 PM »
 Not even close to Bellingham bay. But they are there, different guy from work stopped in the fog one day and hand pulled a pot from 400 feet and there were 9 or so in it. And yes my understanding of it was the test fishery was to see about numbers for a potential commercial harvest. The thing that was odd was the money grubbing state wasn't going to make a separate license for them. A Dungeness license holder was going to be good to go. The commercials can keep them and sell them as by catch when caught in dung gear.
I know someone who commercial test fished them last year in the San juans, there are Lots and LOTS of them. As has been said they are deep, he fished them at 400 feet. I saw them in a live tank at the Seafood outfit by my house.  They are opilio . Don't worry they won't be bountiful once the natives claim their 50 percent.


Was this all near bellingham bay as mentioned in the research articles I've seen?  Test fishery for commercial?

 

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