Officials seize nearly 700 illegal crab pots near Blaine

This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.

Fresh Dungness Crab at Pike Place Market in downtown Seattle. (Photo: Rich Reid/Getty Images)

BLAINE, Wash. (AP) — The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife and Tulalip Police have seized almost 700 illegal crab pots in the waters near Blaine.

The Bellingham Herald reports that officers seized the pots during a two-day sweep last week.

Department of Fish and Wildlife Sgt. Russ Mullins says most of the pots belonged to Canadian commercial fisherman. He says fisherman will cross the border without proper licenses when their own waters have been fished out.

Mullins, who led the investigation, says about half of the crabs taken illegally would otherwise have been taken legally by tribal members.

The department is working with Fisheries and Oceans Canada to identify to whom the crab pots belong.

The seized crab pots and gear will be taken to Olympia and auctioned off online.

Notice: you are using an outdated browser. Microsoft does not recommend using IE as your default browser. Some features on this website, like video and images, might not work properly. For the best experience, please upgrade your browser.