Northern CA commercial Dungeness crab season delayed again until Jan. 15


The 2018-19 commercial Dungeness crab season has been delayed again, according to the California Dept. of Fish and Wildlife.

The season has been delayed three times due to elevated levels of domoic acid and underweight crabs, according to the CDFW. The closure is now extended until Jan. 15.

Rough ocean conditions prevented officials from performing quality testing scheduled last week, but previous tests on Nov. 3 and Dec. 4 indicated crabs did not have a sufficient amount of meat. Without passing test results, the director chose to delay the season.

Delays due to quality affect Mendocino, Humboldt and Del Norte County commercial fisheries. The season in these districts is now scheduled to open at 12:01 a.m. on Jan. 15. Prior to this, a 64-hour gear-setting period will begin no earlier than 8:01 a.m. on Jan. 12, the CDFW said.

Any vessel that takes crab from ocean waters outside of a delayed area is prohibited from participating in the crab fishery in any delayed area for 30 days following the opening of those areas. This applies to any delayed areas in Oregon and Washington as well as in California.

Click here for Frequently Asked Questions about the current crab season.

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