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. Recreational Dungeness crab and rock crab seasons (including commercial passenger fishing vessels) are not affected by the closure. Please visit the CDFW website for a list of Frequently Asked Questions and further information on the closure.


post by Ryan Bartling, CDFW Senior Environmental Scientist

As Crab Season Ends, Time to Collect Gear

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Commercial crab traps
CDFW photo by C. Juhasz

With the end of the season less than a month away, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) reminds Dungeness crab fishermen that all gear must be removed from the water by the last day of the season. The commercial and recreational fishing seasons close south of the Sonoma/Mendocino county line on Saturday, June 30. North of the Sonoma/Mendocino county line the commercial season closes on Sunday, July 15, while the recreational season closes on Monday, July 30.

The reminder is part of an effort to clear coastal waters of Dungeness crab traps in a timely manner Continue reading

Whale Entanglement Discussion Set for August 20

crab pot gearA California Whale Entanglement Discussion meeting hosted by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW), California Ocean Protection Council, and NOAA Fisheries will be held Thursday, Aug. 20, 2015 from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. at the Elihu M. Harris State Building in Oakland. The goal of the meeting is to begin an open dialogue with industry members of the commercial California Dungeness crab fishery and exchange information on the incidence of whale entanglements off the California coast, including possible short- and long-term strategies to reduce the risk of entanglements. Continue reading