No Crab Season Until After Christmas

crab pots by Oliver Cory

by Oliver Cory

Press release from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife:

Based on results of another quality test, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) Director Charlton H. Bonham has announced an additional 15-day delay of the northern California commercial Dungeness Crab season. The new opener date is Dec. 31. Results of the Dec. 4 quality testcontinue to show that Dungeness Crab are not yet ready for harvesting.

Delays due to quality only affect the northern commercial fishery in California Fish and Game Districts 6, 7, 8 and 9 (Mendocino, Humboldt and Del Norte counties). The season in these districts is now scheduled to open at 12:01 a.m. on Dec. 31, 2018, to be preceded by a 64-hour gear setting period that would begin no earlier than 8:01 a.m. on Dec. 28, 2018.

Crab are evaluated to compare meat weight to total crab weight to determine whether they are ready for harvest under testing guidelines established by the Tri-State Dungeness Crab Committee. If results indicate low or poor quality, the Director may delay the fishery in Mendocino, Humboldt and Del Norte counties, under authority of Fish and Game Code, section 8276.2.

Additional testing will be scheduled to occur by Dec. 21. If quality results remain low, a final delay announcement issued by the Director would further delay the season until Jan. 15, 2019.

No vessel may take or land crab in an area closed for a meat quality delay (i.e., Fish and Game districts 6, 7, 8 and 9) or within an area closed for a domoic acid delay. In addition, any vessel that takes, possesses onboard or lands 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.

The updated Frequently Asked Questions for the current 2018-19 season addresses questions regarding the Fair Start provision.

For more information about Dungeness Crab fisheries in California, please visit

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




  • What the hell. They just told them they could and got there spirits all up that they might make some kind of money before Christmas and now they yank the rug out from under them.🤬🤬🤬🤬🖖

  • Welcome to California. The poster child state for liberal neo-Democratic Socialism. Get used to it.

    • I doubt that the postponing of the opening of crab season is really a left-wing plot. Likely more to do with conservation. And, maybe what somebody below posted is true, and runoff of pollutants from illegal grows can at least be considered as one of the causes for a lower than desired crab population.

      • it has nothing to do with the population, its about their weight. they aren’t full yet. there is a huge crab population this year off our coast. the commercial guys get a better deal per pound if its delayed.

    • I wish. We are actully a state controlled by corporate interests.

      • No truer, brutal and poignant statement that we all need to keep in the forefront of our discussion.

        The virus is contagious when people forget their own history and become susceptible to propaganda of a deeply entrenched and well funded control grid.

        And control is the journey and the inevitable destination.

        Strategic and consistent Pollution and the destruction of our cultural memory, and the desire to enforce, at all costs, every aspect of our lives.

        Even your perception of freedom is a finely crafted illusion.

        BreaK your conditioning.
        Stop fighting their wars,
        Stop buying their garbage,
        Stop majoring in minor things.

    • Nope. It’s a coast wide problem. Oregon isn’t opening until the 1st of January. Last year, it didn’t open to near the end of January. It sucks. But it is what it is.

  • Hmmm… maybe evolution in progress.
    Crabs that don’t mature may not be harvested.

    Same thing happened on the east coast. Prohibited salmon harvest over XX inches.
    Then the surviving salmon developed into a strain that had ‘under XX’ inches in length.

    Pygmy salmon.

    Either that or the ocean is changing. (Probably the latter.)

  • There’s Valentine’s Day crab instead. I just wonder if eventually there will be 4th of July crab. Or that opening day will lap the end of the season and there will be no crab ever.

  • Micro macro. As above, so below. There’s wars happening in outer space, on the land, and in the waters.

    I call it extermination.

  • Stinky Wizzleteats

    Clab no good.

  • Most likely runoff from nutrients dumped into waterways by marijuana growers is causing this problem.

    Very sad to see hippies wrecking the fishing industry, very sad.

    • And that is fertilizer business behind free lunch,three brinks pickups a week.they charge very high interest on credit.pot doesn’t profit from fertilizer for food.thc*9 best comes from NPK,. Just like junkfood.a friend tried inlandsea phytoplankton,used about 100 pounds. No benefit.i lost my sample.just like Gilgamesh lost his to a snake,plant hat restores youth 4.000 BC. I lost mine to a rat,one without a tail.humbolt county,useless police with a big tactical vehicle.dangerous target to be in.

    • Traditional ag runoff is easily ten thousand times that of the cannabis industry.

    • ever ask maybe if it might be from all the acid rain due to this states large geothermal power production ?s02 n02 are relesed into the air and must come back down. then gets washed out into our bays and ocean by the very streams thst are depleted by the deep wells that drain the water that feeds the springs that keeps our vegeation alive during periods of less percepation …… funny how this is happening yet there is no outcry no major studies as to the long term effects of geo engineering entire mountains into power generating machines. infact one must search for fallout numbers from europe in order to even find side effects of such power production since the web seems to have been scrubbed of any research relating to such things and replaced with stories of misdirection whitewashed bull . and you can always tell when you are getting fed a line when it starts with something like this. ” yes there are some problems. But first lets talk about the bennifits” and after reading all the crap the story never gets to what the negitive sides are ……. think about that.

      • ” . . . since the web seems to have been scrubbed of any research relating to such things and replaced with stories of misdirection whitewashed bull .”

        There have been several articles, documents, and video i’ve recently tried to find again on the www. Just plain ol wasn’t there. Poof.

        The way back machine is one place i know to go to. It has become more complex -what hasn’t- but an email question to them, they reply w/help pretty quick.


  • Did you guys come over here from the dark room across the hall or do you just always wish bad things on people at holidays?

  • Awww such a sad bummer that humans still long extort a livelihood from the flesh of other living creatures. 🙁 Can we please evolve!

    My vegan leanings, and abiding principal of AHIMSA aside, anyone still consuming seafood and especially BOTTOM FEEDERS like shrimp, mussels and CRAB have not been paying attention ! Or they are pollyanna thinkers that imagine somehow the scavenger of the sea that they consume won’t be laden with heavy metals, pollutants and carcinogens. Bon appetit .

    • I could say so much about your physical future IF your a true vegetarian.

    • “Can we please evolve!”

      The wagon train only moves as fast as the slowest wagon.

    • Ah. But the headlines are mostly over contaminated fruits and vegetables. And without modern mass production of B12, vegans would still be needing to consume their required B12 from dirt and thus exposing themselves to the very bottom feeding toxins you complain about, along with the masses of not-so-friendly bacterial diseases that kept the human population in check for so long.

      So no, “evolution” is not an on demand service despite self righteousness. You unfortunately were born to be an omivore, complete with canines and a need for B12. Too bad but there it is. It’s what you were evolved to be.

      • Actually it is not really known how much B12 the human body needs. But they say you can safe 5 mg in your liver and only need 0,2% off that per day.
        Born to be Omnivores we can eat nearly anything and survive.
        Evolution is an ongoing process and it is an old myth that vegetarians lack B12 same with vegans. B12 is produced by bacteria’s and so you get it from the dirt of your organically grown food or fermented foods like unfiltered beer or Sauerkraut. Hopefully not grown for greed with herbicides, pesticides or mineral fertilizers.
        Evolution is based on the process of enviromantal changes and adaption to these changes by survival. Like the example with salmon before hand.
        In nature survival is based on reproduction effort, if you only take the biggest fish. You are selecting for smaller fish. Cause the genes for big fish get fewer and fewer.
        We as the species at the top of the food chain have the responsibility, to sustainably use our resources. Would be nice, if future generations also can enjoy the holy fruits and beauty of nature as we could or even find a better environment then we have now. Instead of depending on nextflix for that. You cannot eat money, if treated right nature will provide us with what we really need and that is not materialistic stuff.

        • The initial feed of salmon was grinding of rocks,into runoff,supplying elements for the alga and astaxanthin that made life nice.our use of oil to win wars and educate people and rob resources of weaker races.has it all on its head.we have chosen trump to lead us.all else is treason,in time of wars.

        • all hail veil then we need to ensure that we arent taking just the adults ….

      • Is dirt as good as junkfood and hamburgers?

      • Dig deeper , “really?” (Hahaha did you really say “canines ” as your weak response to my stance of “vegan leanings? ” Is that all u got?

        Puhlease. The “contaminated” veg are direct result of runoff from industrial meat production.

        Thanks to our poopy government. Pun intended.

    • Dangle them like oysters,on ropes.let them filter feed.then boil them alive.or stab them set an example for others.

  • As long as there are slaughter houses, there will be war.

    U.S. chicken farms are so dirty, meat has to be washed with chlorine before being sold for human consumption
    Tens of thousands of super-sized ‘Frankenstein’ birds are crammed in vast warehouses.
    The chickens, which weigh up to 9lb, often buckle under their weight and must live without natural sunlight.
    Chickens frequently die before they reach maturity and many are left covered in their own feces, turning warehouses into vile breeding grounds for disease.

  • But most red flag warnings throughout most years are on vegetables.

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