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Crab for Christmas? Dungeness crab season delayed to mid-December

Low-quality crab, risk of whale entanglement cited by state Fish and Wildlife

Dungeness crab wasn't on the menu for Thanksgiving, but the commercial fishing season may start in time for Christmas, as state officials announced the start would be pushed back to Dec. 16. Above, Patrick Guyer holds a freshly caught crab at the Portola Valley Farmers Market in 2016. File photo by Michelle Le.

Commercial Dungeness crab season is delayed until at least mid-December, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife announced.

The original opening date of Dec. 1 is delayed to Dec. 16 due to various factors including whale presence and low-quality crab meat.

In the CDFW's central management area, from Point Arena to the Mexico border, whales remain in the crab fishing area resulting in a potential for entanglement. In early December, the department will reassess entanglement risk and whale presence.

In addition to whale presence, meat quality testing in crabs in the CDFW's northern management area has shown that the crabs will not be ready to be fished until mid-December.

"Our hope is both quality testing and additional marine life survey data will support a unified statewide opener on Dec. 16, just in time to have crab for the holidays and New Year." CDFW director Charlton Bonham said.

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Crab for Christmas? Dungeness crab season delayed to mid-December

Low-quality crab, risk of whale entanglement cited by state Fish and Wildlife

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Uploaded: Wed, Nov 25, 2020, 12:32 pm
Updated: Mon, Nov 30, 2020, 3:28 pm

Commercial Dungeness crab season is delayed until at least mid-December, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife announced.

The original opening date of Dec. 1 is delayed to Dec. 16 due to various factors including whale presence and low-quality crab meat.

In the CDFW's central management area, from Point Arena to the Mexico border, whales remain in the crab fishing area resulting in a potential for entanglement. In early December, the department will reassess entanglement risk and whale presence.

In addition to whale presence, meat quality testing in crabs in the CDFW's northern management area has shown that the crabs will not be ready to be fished until mid-December.

"Our hope is both quality testing and additional marine life survey data will support a unified statewide opener on Dec. 16, just in time to have crab for the holidays and New Year." CDFW director Charlton Bonham said.

More information on Dungeness crab can be found online at wildlife.ca.gov/crab.

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