Derelict Gear

Tips and Tricks to Catch More Crab!

  • Derelict Gear

12,000 crab pots are lost in Puget Sound each year. A single lost crab pot can kill up to 50 crabs until deterioration. That adds up to 180,000 harvestable crabs lost each year. To avoid this, follow the tips and access the resources below to keep your pot and catch more crab.

  • CHECK TIDES AND CURRENTS. Avoid crabbing during strong tidal changes and currents.
  • USE HIGH VISIBILITY BUOYS to clearly mark your gear.
  • USE A WEIGHTED LINE to sink below the surface and avoid being cut by passing boats.
  • WEIGHT YOUR POT so they do not move in high currents or tidal changes
  • USE LONGER LINE. Use 1/3 more line than water depth to allow for changes in tides and currents
  • SECURE LID AND ESCAPE PANELS WITH BIODEGRADABLE COTTON ESCAPE CORD. This allows crabs to escape from lost pots after the cord degrades.

Resources to Know When and Where to Set Your Pot – Click on any of the links below

For Tides and Currents:  NOAA Tide Predictions, NOAA Current Predictions, Tides App for iPhone, & Tide App for Android

For Marine Traffic:  Washington State Ferry Routes , Tug and Log Tow Routes , Commercial Vessel Tracking  , Commercial Vessel Tracking App for iPhone & Commercial Vessel Tracking App for Android

Instructional Videos:

Weight Your Pots

Use Weighted & Longer Line

Check Tides and Currents

How To Set Your Crab Pot

Modify your crab pot

Happy Crabbing!