Possible Delay of Nov. 7, 2015 Recreational Dungeness Crab Season Opener

Update 11/5/2015:

Commission Delays Opener of Recreational Dungeness Crab Season and Closes Northern Part of Recreational California Rock Crab Fishery (11/5/2015)

Emergency Crab Closure Recommended, Commission to Meet Thursday CDFW press release 11/4/2015

CDPH Issues Warning About Dungeness and Rock Crab Caught in Waters Along the Central and Northern California Coast CDPH press release 11/3/2015

Memorandum: Domoic Acid Threat to Public Health OEHHA Memorandum 11/3/2015

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) is cooperating with other state agencies in the collection and testing of Dungeness crab for domoic acid, a naturally occurring toxin produced by microscopic marine algae, to determine if eating sport-caught crab will be safe for the public when the season opens. Serious consideration is being given to delaying the recreational fishery opener on Nov. 7, 2015, but no decision has yet been made. CDFW will issue a press release immediately with more information, once a decision has been made.

Please access one of the following sources for up-to-date information concerning recreational Dungeness crab season dates and related information:

  • Call the California Department of Public Health Shellfish Biotoxin Information line at: (510) 412-4643 or toll-free at (800) 553- 4133 for any crab consumption advisories, or check CDFW’s Finfish and Shellfish Health Advisories web page.
  • Sign up for the CDFW Marine Region News Service to receive the latest information about the recreational Dungeness crab season.
  • Check the Marine Region News Room for a press release with information about the Dungeness crab recreational fishery opening date.
  • Call or drop by your local Marine Region CDFW office for the latest information before heading out on a crabbing trip.

Post by Mary Patyten, CDFW Research Writer ♦ CDFW photo of Dungeness crab by C. Juhasz