CDPH Dungeness crab testing. Photo courtesy CDPH
In 2015 and 2016, there was an unprecedented bloom of a single-celled plant called
Pseudo-nitzschia in ocean waters , which resulted in elevated levels of domoic acid in Dungeness crab and rock crab. The elevated levels of domoic acid in crab along the West Coast impacted California fisheries from Santa Barbara to the Oregon Border.
The conditions that support the growth of Pseudo-nitzschia are impossible to predict, but tend to be more common in the warmer months
Continue reading “Agencies Mull Options to Prepare for Future Domoic Acid Events”
Dungeness crab photo by K. Joe
Although the Dungeness crab season was delayed in some parts of California until May this year, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) reminds the public that the last day of the recreational Dungeness crab season is already nearly here. This Saturday, July 30, will be the last day of the season from the Sonoma/Mendocino county line to the California-Oregon border. The commercial fishing season for this area ended last Friday, July 15.
Continue reading “Last Day of Northern California Recreational Dungeness Crab Season Approaches; New Crab Regulations to Take Effect Aug. 1”
Dungeness crab taken from Bodega Bay area photo by C. Juhasz
Update – 5/19/2016 Recreational Dungeness Crab Fishery Now Open Statewide, Commercial Fishery to Follow in Seven Days
As of May 2, 2016 the majority of coastline in northern California is now open to recreational Dungeness crab fishing. These areas comprise all the ocean, bay and estuarine waters south of the Humboldt Bay entrance, including the entrance and the waters of Humboldt Bay, and the area north of the southern boundary of
Reading Rock State Marine Conservation Area (near Redwood Creek in Humboldt County) to the California/Oregon border. Continue reading “California Recreational Dungeness Crab Season Open in Most of Northern California, Commercial Season Opens May 12”
Dungeness crab in crab pot
Update – 4/4/2016 On March 11, 2016 the California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment and California Department of Public Health lifted the health advisory for Dungeness crab for the region south of the Sonoma-Mendocino County line (near Gualala, Mendocino County). The recreational Dungeness crab fishery has been open since this date, and the commercial fishery opened in this area on March 26. Continue reading “Recreational and Commercial Dungeness Crab Fisheries Open South of Sonoma-Mendocino County Line, Crab Testing Continues”
The commercial Dungeness crab fishery remains closed statewide while the recreational fishery Update – 3/15/2016 opened last month south of Point Reyes, Marin County (38° North latitude) following a recommendation from the Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment and Department of Public Health that lifted the health advisory for Dungeness crab in this area. Dungeness crab domoic acid test results from Bodega Bay have shown “clean” areas (less than 30 parts per million (ppm) domoic acid concentration in the crab), but the Russian River area still needs two clean tests. Continue reading “California Commercial Dungeness Crab Fishery Remains Closed While Crab Testing Continues”