Crab Season Delayed

Press release from the Department of Fish and Wildlife:

Due to poor crab meat quality test results conducted at the beginning of November, the Director of the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) has issued a memo delaying the opening of the commercial Dungeness crab season in Fish and Game Districts 6, 7, 8 and 9 (Mendocino, Humboldt and Del Norte counties) for a minimum of 15 days until Dec. 16, under authority of Fish and Game Code section 8276.2. Crab quality tests ensure that crab are filled out enough prior to harvesting and follow the testing guidelines established by the Tri-State Dungeness Crab Committee that is overseen by the Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission.

“We are trying to schedule a second round of testing to take place before Dec. 7 to determine whether the fishery can open Dec. 16 or will need to be further delayed,” said CDFW Environmental Scientist Christy Juhasz.

If quality tests remain low, CDFW Director Charlton H. Bonham has the authority to delay the season an additional 15 days. The season cannot be delayed beyond Jan. 15 due to crab quality as mandated in section 8276.2 of the Fish and Game Code.

The fishery is currently scheduled to open at 12:01 a.m. Dec. 16, 2017. This opening will be preceded by a 64-hour gear setting period that would begin no earlier than 8:01 a.m. on Dec. 13, 2017.

No vessel may take or land crab within Districts 6, 7, 8 and 9 during the closure period. In addition, any vessel that lands crab from ocean waters outside of Districts 6, 7, 8 and 9 is prohibited from participating in the crab fishery in Districts 6, 7, 8 and 9, or any other delayed opening areas in Oregon or Washington, for 30 days following the opening of those areas.

Please refer to CDFW’s Frequently Asked Questions about the Commercial Dungeness Crab Fishery for the 2017-18 season.

Recreational crabbing remains open statewide. There are two areas of the coast in northern California where the California Department of Public Health advises consumers not eat the viscera (internal organs, also known as “butter” or “guts”) of crabs due to elevated levels of domoic acid. These areas include Laguna Point, Mendocino County northward to Humboldt Bay North Jetty, Humboldt County,and the Klamath River mouth, Humboldt County northward to the Oregon border.

For more information on health advisories related to fisheries, please visit

For more general information on Dungeness crab in California, please visit




    Go ahead, I’m just a concerned citizen.


    No Crab No Salmon…. I want fish and game for dinner…

    • Too bad conservative policies lead to the near collapse of the local fishery. Us liberals will do what we can to save it for you.

      • Funny how the liberals have been in charge of this state for quite some time now and haven’t fixed a damn thing except to add more taxes. Oh hows that high speed railway going

        • California’s economy only grew by nearly double that of US average. It may nose out Great Britain to become the world’s 5th largest economy. “California’s unemployment rate fell to 4.7 percent in May, the lowest in nearly 17 years.”

          I sure hope those liberals don’t stay in office….

          Info from the Sac Bee:

          • After George Deukmejian, Pete Wilson and Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jerry Brown had to pick up the pieces and make the state great again. Oh and remember that Jerry Brown left a billion surplus to George Deukmejian when Brown left office in 1982 or was it 1983? Just like President Obama had to pick up the pieces from Bush the Lessor after Clinton left the country with a surplus . Oh and Clinton had to fix Bush the Daddy’s horrible economy. Cove Guy should go live in that economic wonderland of Kansas if he hate prosperity so much.

          • Maybe you shouldn’t base your claim that all is well in California, off your first click doing a Google Search?

            • There are always different ways of looking at statistics but, using just your article,

            • “California’s economy produces over $1 trillion more than the next most productive state, New York.”
            • note that’s even while is ranks 50 out of 50 in this article for least business-friendly–It is known for ranking consumers and the environment high. (This site ranks us as 13th on the environment.) It certainly seems to be working economically to do that.

            • While California has the largest economy, it only has the fourth highest cost of living
            • Stepping outside that article, it has the 8th highest median household income. (14th highest if you rank per capita) And it has the 8th highest median hourly wages. It has the third highest minimum wage.

              And in spite of having the most foreign-born residents of any state, it still ranks above average for the quality of living