New Regulations for Recreational Dungeness Crab Fishery Opening November 6, Shellfish Safety Notification for Sonoma/Mendocino County Line to Point Reyes 

Dungeness Crab Fishing Zone map
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Recreational crabbers can use crab traps, hoop nets, and snares (loop traps) to take Dungeness crab in Fishing Zones 1 and 2 (from the Oregon state line to the Sonoma/Mendocino county line) and in Fishing Zones 5 and 6 (the area south of Lopez Point, Monterey County) when the season opens tomorrow, Nov. 6, 2021. Continue reading “New Regulations for Recreational Dungeness Crab Fishery Opening November 6, Shellfish Safety Notification for Sonoma/Mendocino County Line to Point Reyes “

New Trap Regulations for Recreational Crabbing in California

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New trap buoy configuration
CDFW photo by P. Ward

The California Fish and Game Commission adopted new regulations for the recreational crab fishery in late 2020. The revised regulations include the following new requirements when fishing with crab traps: Continue reading “New Trap Regulations for Recreational Crabbing in California”

Upcoming Regulation Changes for Commercial Dungeness Crab and Other Trap Fisheries

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Dungeness crab
CDFW photo by C. Juhasz

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) is developing several important regulation changes that will affect the commercial Dungeness crab fleet and other trap fisheries in 2020 and beyond. Continue reading “Upcoming Regulation Changes for Commercial Dungeness Crab and Other Trap Fisheries”

California Commercial Dungeness Crab Season Will Close Statewide April 15, 2019

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Commercial crabber hauls in a crab pot.
CDFW photo

The California commercial Dungeness crab fishery will close statewide on April 15, 2019 at 11:59 p.m. California Department of Fish and Wildlife Director Charlton H. Bonham issued a Declaration today to close the commercial Dungeness crab fishery in all commercial fishery management zones. The closure is needed due to a greater risk of whales becoming entangled in commercial Dungeness crab pots, lines, and buoys during the spring and summer months.

All commercial Dungeness crab fishing gear must be removed from ocean waters and landings must be completed by April 15, 2019 at 11:59 p.m.

This closure only applies to the commercial Dungeness crab fishery. Continue reading “California Commercial Dungeness Crab Season Will Close Statewide April 15, 2019”

New Recreational Crab Regulations Aim to Reduce “Ghost Fishing” and More

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Measure Dungeness crab through the body shell from edge to edge directly in front of and excluding the points (lateral spines). Dungeness crab must measure at least 5¾ inches across. CDFW illustration

This year, the recreational Dungeness crab season opens statewide on Saturday, November 5, 2016. The daily bag and possession limit for Dungeness crab remains ten crabs per day that are at least 5¾ inches across, measured by the shortest distance through the body shell from edge to edge directly in front of and excluding the points (lateral spines). Dungeness crab can be taken in all ocean waters of the state where they occur, excluding San Francisco and San Pablo bays. Continue reading “New Recreational Crab Regulations Aim to Reduce “Ghost Fishing” and More”