Don't know what to make of this trend that the commercials want to push. Guess all is fair in the political world and ye who lobbies hardest and with the most money wins. There was a sport crab protest at the hearings in Port Townsend awhile back and I guess it got a little nasty with some commercials spitting on the sporties.
This was my first year of recreational crab fishing and I had a ball on the Hood Canal. While at anchor for the night i'd drop a pot in about 80 feet of water and pull it in less than an hour and have my limit in big leagle Dungeness Crab every single time. Now if we could get the shrimp season longer I'd stop working and just live on my sloop and eat what I catch.