Crab Season Delayed Again

Press release from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife:

crab pots by Oliver Cory

Crab pots ready to go to work. [Photo by Oliver Cory]

The Director of the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) has announced a final 15-day delay for the northern California commercial Dungeness crab season. Crab condition improved from the last round of pre-season quality testing conducted on Dec. 19. However, crab had not reached the minimum meat recovery criteria as established by the Tri-State Dungeness Crab Committee testing protocol.

The delay affects 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 on 12:01 a.m. Jan. 15, 2018, to be preceded by a 64-hour gear setting period that would begin no earlier than 8:01 a.m. on Jan. 12, 2018. This is the last delay the Director can issue due to Dungeness crab quality testing.

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 as outline in California’s Fair Start Provision (Fish and Game Code, section 8279.1).

The director’s memo can be found here.

The updated Frequently Asked Questions for the current 2017-18 season addresses questions regarding the Fair Start provision.

Testing results for domoic acid are posted by the California Department of Public Health.

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

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



  • No Christmas crab. No New Year crab. Bummer.

  • Hardest work I’ve ever done was being deckhand on a crab boat. Hope when the season opens, the crabbers make good money … cause they deserve it!!

  • Merry Christmas! Signed, DFG


      I agree, we now have 1 salmon left, no good crab, untouchable abalone, dead sea kelp one hundred thousand pot farms poisoning our waters and 1,000 DFG employees.

      • Sounds to me like you are talking about job creation.

      • p.s. and wasted watershed

      • I suppose you blame “liberals” for all of those.

      • If all those sohum subdivisions weren’t pot farms, they’d be timber land. No runoff there /s

        • Everything “runs off.” What comes with it is the question. That and the regulations or lack of them controlling volume.

          • /s denotes sarcasm. Timber runoff is far and away the most destructive form of runoff short of radioactive waste.

            • Don’t worry. No one could miss the point. But diverting streams, bulldozing sides of mountains to grow on, using pesticides and fertilizers, diesel generators etc without control causes plenty of destruction, which pointing fingers at others does not make one bit less destructive.

            • How so Jaekelopterus?? You really believe that? More destructive???? You been smoking too much of what your growing, or just dumb.

              Timber industry, probably the most highly regulated resource industry there is in California. I won’t name the agencies involved but, there are more than 10, probably over your mental capacity anyhow.

              Looking at the grow industry, you do not have regulations until this year. You have the vast majority that are growing without permits, they use non-permitted fertilizer, herbicides, and rodenticides. All these “runoff” into our streams and eventually to rivers. Leading to algae blooms, ever increasing, and polluting the waters, leading to fish kills, poor water quality and impacting the ocean waters. This does not include the un-permitted diversion of water during the time of the year when it is the most critical to our fish populations, and for other aquatic species. Also need to include the highly destructive bulldozing of prairies and forest land to create grow space and hoop houses.

              Haven’t even touched on the social and community destruction that comes with the grows, large and small. Robbery, home invasion, murder, sex trafficking, rape, rampant drug use, missing persons, fractured families……..

              Jaekelopterus, you are the problem, you and all those like you who think the timber is worse than these grows! Freak!!

  • Unfortunately, the Ocean is changing (maybe global climate change).
    Ocean has higher temps (resulting in domoic acid), and there are changing weather patterns…
    there is not much of the of the strong NW winds along the coast. (That we used to have.)

    Result: There is not much up-welling. No nutrients in the water to promote plankton growth.
    Result: Not much food is bad for abalones, anchovies, salmon, crabs, (etc etc).

    Description of Up-Welling:


    I believe nitrogen based fertilizers are the problem nitrogen gets into the water stream and robs oxygen from the water?? not sure but also happening in the gulf of mexico look up “the dead zone in gulf of mexico” runoff to the mississippi river from the farm belt; so maybe its not global warming??

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