Crab sit inside a vendor booth outside Alioto’s Restaurant at Fisherman’s Wharf. (Jessica Christian/S.F. Examiner)

Crab sit inside a vendor booth outside Alioto’s Restaurant at Fisherman’s Wharf. (Jessica Christian/S.F. Examiner)

Risk of fishing gear endangering marine life pushes back dungeness crab season

The possible risk of whales and sea turtles getting entangled in fishing gear will push back Dungeness crab season by a week, California Department of Fish and Wildlife officials said Wednesday.

The commercial Dungeness crab fishery south of the Mendocino/Sonoma County line was set to open next week on Nov. 15 but due to the risk to marine life, it’s been pushed back to Nov. 22.

CDFW officials said all throughout crab season, CDFW will work with the Dungeness Crab Fishing Gear Working Group to review scientific information and ways to minimize the risk of entanglement. Future assessments of risk could result in similar action.

Delays to this crab season because of domoic acid, which has caused delays in past years, could also be possible, CDFW officials said.

Although this season’s start date has been pushed back, fishers can begin setting traps in advance of the opening date. A pre-soak period starts at 6 a.m. on Nov. 21, fish and wildlife officials said.

More information about crab season can be found at www.wildlife.ca.gov/crab.

By Daniel Montes, Bay City News

Bay Area Newssan francisco news

If you find our journalism valuable and relevant, please consider joining our Examiner membership program.
Find out more at www.sfexaminer.com/join/

Just Posted

City Administrator Naomi Kelly said Wednesday that the allegations against her husband were “based on the word of a liar.” (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
City Administrator Naomi Kelly takes leave after feds charge husband

High-ranking official under scrutiny over 2016 China trip

The J Church train could begin running again later this month on at least part of its surface route. (Mira Laing/Special to S.F. Examiner)
First Muni trains will return to service Dec. 19

Three additional bus routes coming back online in January

Smoking cannabis. (Shutterstock)
Supes ban tobacco smoking in apartments but exempt cannabis

San Francisco banned smoking and vaping of tobacco in apartments Tuesday night,… Continue reading

Dr. Grant Colfax and Mayor London Breed said new restrictions could come this week due to rising COVID-19 cases.<ins> (Examiner screenshot)</ins>
Breed: ‘More restrictive action’ needed to slow spread of COVID-19

San Francisco officials said Tuesday tougher restrictions will soon be imposed to… Continue reading

Many landlords fought the proposal requiring them to register properties, calling it an invasion of privacy. 
Kevin N. Hume/
S.F. Examiner
Housing inventory wins unanimous approval from supervisors

Legislation will require landlords to register properties, report vacancies and rents

Most Read