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  • Proposed Dungeness Crab Trap Gear Retrieval Program

    Proposed Dungeness Crab Trap Gear Retrieval Program

    The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) is developing regulations to implement a retrieval program for lost or abandoned commercial Dungeness crab gear.

  • 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 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).

  • 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 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.

  • Commission Delays Opener of Recreational Dungeness Crab Season and Closes Northern Part of Recreational California Rock Crab Fishery

    Commission Delays Opener of Recreational Dungeness Crab Season and Closes Northern Part of Recreational California Rock Crab Fishery

    The California Fish and Game Commission today voted 3-0 in favor of an emergency rulemaking to prohibit recreational take and possession of Dungeness crab and all rock crab from ocean waters, including bays and estuaries, north of the Ventura/Santa Barbara county line. Closure of the fisheries shall remain in effect until the Director of the Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA), in consultation with the Director of the California Department of Public Health (CDPH), determines that domoic acid levels no longer pose a significant risk to public health and no longer recommends the fisheries be closed.