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Aquatic Invasive Species

STOP THE SPREAD OF INVASIVE NORTHERN PIKE

How To Identify Northern Pike

  • Yellow bean-shaped spots
  • Yellow-green to gray-green body
  • Rounded tail fork
  • Scales on cheeks and upper half of gill cover
  • 4 to 5 jaw pores

Do not move live Northern Pike

The penalty for moving live Northern Pike includes up to a $5,000 fine and a year in prison (RCW 77.15.250). A person found guilty can also be ordered to pay all costs of capturing, controlling or killing those fish or their progeny (in excess of $100,000).

If you see someone transporting or releasing live fish, please call the Washington State Patrol.

If caught DO NOT RELEASE

Northern Pike are a prohibited species in Washington state. Anglers should kill ALL Northern Pike they catch. Harvested Northern Pike must be dead before anglers leave the water where they are caught.

How To Report

Take detailed photos, record the location and report a sighting.

Phone: 1.888.WDFW.AIS (1.888.933.9247)

Online: invasivespecies.wa.gov

App: WA invasives

STOP THE SPREAD OF INVASIVE EUROPEAN GREEN CRAB

How To Identify European Green Crabs

  • 5 spines (marginal teeth) on the outside of each eye
  • 3 rounded lobes between eyes
  • Oval shaped carapace can reach up to 4 inches
  • Not always green, can be mottled dark brown to dark green with small yellow patches
  • Underside ranges from yellow/green to bright red

If caught RELEASE

European green crabs are classified as prohibited species and it is illegal to retain/harvest them. If you suspect you have found a green crab or molt, please leave the crab where you found it (you may keep a molt) and report a sighting.

How To Report

Take detailed photos of the topside and underside of the crab and record the location.

Phone: 1.888.WDFW.AIS (1.888.933.9247)

Online: invasivespecies.wa.gov

Email: crabteam@uw.edu

App: WA invasives

For more information on European green crab in Washington State visit: https://wsg.washington.edu/crabteam/greencrab/

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