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  • Commercial rock crab fishery opens

    Commercial rock crab fishery opens

    Following the recommendation of state health agencies, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) announced today that it will be opening the commercial rock crab fishery from near Cape Mendocino, Humboldt County (40° 30.00’ N. Lat.) north to the Humboldt Bay entrance at the north jetty (40° 46.15’ N. latitude), including all ocean waters of Humboldt Bay.

  • Abandoned Crab Trap Removal Kicks Off

    Abandoned Crab Trap Removal Kicks Off

    Each February for 17 years, countless volunteers spend 10 days on the water along the Texas coastline searching the bays for abandoned crab traps left to foul shrimpers’ nets, snag anglers’ lines, “ghost fish,” and create unsightly views. To date, they’ve hauled off more than 35,000 of these derelict traps.

  • Dungeness crab fisheries Opening

    Dungeness crab fisheries Opening

    Recreational and Commercial Dungeness Crab Fisheries to Open in Humboldt County California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) Director Charlton H. Bonham issued a declaration to open the recreational and commercial Dungeness crab fisheries from Patrick’s Point, Humboldt County north to the California/Oregon state line.

  • Opening of the commercial Dungeness crab fishery delayed due to elevated levels of domoic acid

    Opening of the commercial Dungeness crab fishery delayed due to elevated levels of domoic acid

    Northern Commercial Dungeness Crab Season Further Delayed in Ocean Waters North of Patrick’s Point, Humboldt County due to Public Health Hazard

  • Sonoma County Opens Commercial Dungeness Crab Season

    Sonoma County Opens Commercial Dungeness Crab Season

    California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) Director Charlton H. Bonham issued a declaration to open the commercial Dungeness crab fishery from Bodega Head, Sonoma County north to the Sonoma/Mendocino county line.

  • Northern California commercial Dungeness crab season due to poor crab meat quality test results

    Northern California commercial Dungeness crab season due to poor crab meat quality test results

    California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) Director Charlton H. Bonham issued a memo today delaying the northern California commercial Dungeness crab season due to poor crab meat quality test results. The delay includes Fish and Game Districts 6, 7, 8 and 9 (Mendocino, Humboldt and Del Norte counties).

  • CDFW announced an extended area open to commercial rock crab fishing

    CDFW announced an extended area open to commercial rock crab fishing

    Following the recommendation of state health agencies, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) announced today that it has extended the area open to commercial rock crab fishing from the Sonoma/Mendocino County line (38° 46.1′ N. Lat., near Gualala, Mendocino County) south to the California/Mexico border.

  • Opening of Commercial Rock Crab Fishery Extended to Sonoma/Mendocino County Line

    Opening of Commercial Rock Crab Fishery Extended to Sonoma/Mendocino County Line

    Following the recommendation of state health agencies, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) announced today that it has extended the area open to commercial rock crab fishing from the Sonoma/Mendocino County line (38° 46.1′ N. Lat., near Gualala, Mendocino County) south to the California/Mexico border.

  • CDFW announced 15-day delay for the northern California commercial Dungeness crab season.

    CDFW announced 15-day delay for the northern California commercial Dungeness crab season.

    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.

  • Last Remaining Area of Commercial Dungeness Crab Fishery to Open

    Last Remaining Area of Commercial Dungeness Crab Fishery to Open

    The last remaining area of the California coast will open to commercial Dungeness crab fishing. The area was previously closed due to elevated levels of domoic acid. The last closed area between Ten Mile River and Shelter Cove is scheduled to open on Jan. 16.

  • More of Commercial Dungeness Crab Fishery to Open from Point Arena to Ten Mile; One Area Still Closed

    More of Commercial Dungeness Crab Fishery to Open from Point Arena to Ten Mile; One Area Still Closed

    On Dec. 29, more of the California coastline will open to the commercial Dungeness crab fishery. Some previously closed areas will open at the recommendation of state health agencies, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) announced today.

  • Delay of Commerical Season for Dungeness Crab due to Acid Levels

    Delay of Commerical Season for Dungeness Crab due to Acid Levels

    The traditional Dec. 1 opening of the commercial Dungeness crab season along the entire Oregon coast will be delayed due to domoic acid levels in some areas.

  • Recreational Dungeness Crab Season to Open Statewide Nov. 5

    Recreational Dungeness Crab Season to Open Statewide Nov. 5

    The recreational Dungeness crab season is scheduled to open statewide on Saturday, Nov. 5 – with a health warning in place for crabs caught north of Point Reyes (Marin County).

  • Horseshoe Crab Populations Improving in Mid-Atlantic Bays

    Horseshoe Crab Populations Improving in Mid-Atlantic Bays

    Every spring, John Rodenhausen looks forward to seeing a few horseshoe crabs on the beach at the Chesapeake Bay Foundation's headquarters outside Annapolis.

  • Commercial and Recreational Rock Crab Fisheries Open near Channel Islands

    Commercial and Recreational Rock Crab Fisheries Open near Channel Islands

    State waters around the Channel Islands are now open to both the recreational and commercial rock crab fisheries. Today, the director of the Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA), after consultation with the director of the California Department of Public Health (CDPH), notified the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) and the Fish and Game Commission (Commission) that they recommend lifting the remaining closure within the Channel Islands exclusion area between Santa Cruz and Santa Rosa islands.

  • Recreational Dungeness crab Fishery Now Open Statewide, Commercial to Follow in Seven Days

    Recreational Dungeness crab Fishery Now Open Statewide, Commercial to Follow in Seven Days

    The last remaining stretch of coast is open to the recreational fishery today and will open to the commercial fishery on May 26, after a seven day notice period. Today the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) and the Fish and Game Commission (Commission) were notified by the director of the Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA), after consultation with the director of the California Department of Public Health (CDPH), that it recommends lifting the last remaining closure of the Dungeness crab fishery (between a line extending due west from 40° 46.15′ N latitude, the west end of the north jetty at the entrance of Humboldt Bay and north to the southern boundary line at 41° 17.6’ N latitude of the Reading Rock State Marine Conservation Area near Redwood Creek).

  • CDFW Announces Latest Dungeness and Rock Crab Openings, Closures

    CDFW Announces Latest Dungeness and Rock Crab Openings, Closures

    Commercial and recreational rock crab fisheries are open along the mainland coast south of 36° 58.72′ N Latitude at Sand Hill Bluff, Santa Cruz County (approximately 9 miles north of Santa Cruz Harbor entrance) to the California/Mexico border. The recreational Dungeness crab fishery is now open south of 40° 46.15’ N Latitude at the northern jetty of Humboldt Bay, Humboldt County to the California/Mexico border, including ocean waters of Humboldt Bay.

  • Recreational and Commercial Rock Crab Fishery Opens in Channel Islands, Excluding State Waters Between Santa Cruz and Santa Rosa Islands

    Recreational and Commercial Rock Crab Fishery Opens in Channel Islands, Excluding State Waters Between Santa Cruz and Santa Rosa Islands

    State health officials determined today that rock crab species caught in state waters near the Channel Islands no longer contain high levels of domoic acid, and no longer pose a significant risk to human health. Acting upon a recommendation from the Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA), in consultation with the director of the California Department of Public Health (CDPH), the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) and the Fish and Game Commission has opened the recreational and commercial rock crab fisheries in this area.

  • Recreational Dungeness Crab Fishery Open South of Sonoma/Mendocino County Line, Commercial Fishery to Open in Seven Days

    Recreational Dungeness Crab Fishery Open South of Sonoma/Mendocino County Line, Commercial Fishery to Open in Seven Days

    Closure of the recreational Dungeness crab fishery south of the Mendocino/Sonoma county line has been lifted, and opening of the commercial Dungeness crab fishery – delayed since November – is set for March 26 in the same region.

  • Recreational Dungeness Crab Fisheries Open South of Point Reyes

    Recreational Dungeness Crab Fisheries Open South of Point Reyes

    The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) and the Fish and Game Commission (Commission) were notified today by the director of the Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) that, in consultation with the director of the California Department of Public Health (CDPH), a determination has been made that Dungeness crab caught on the mainland coast south of 38° 00′ N Latitude (near Point Reyes in Marin County) no longer poses a significant human health risk from high levels of domoic acid and recommends the opening of the Dungeness crab fishery in these areas in a manner consistent with the emergency regulations.