Invertebrates of Interest: Crabs

Dungeness and Rock Crab Regulation Updates

The Latest Information

Please access one of the following sources for up-to-date information concerning crab season dates and related information:

  • Visit the CDPH Domoic Acid web page for the latest crab test analyses and results (under Analytical Data - Crabs).
  • Call the CDFW Domoic Acid Fishery Closure Information Line at (831) 649-2883 for up-to-date information about the Dungeness crab and Rock crab seasons.
  • Call the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) Shellfish Biotoxin Information line at: (510) 412-4643 or toll-free at (800) 553-4133 for updated crab consumption advisories, or visit the CDFW Finfish and Shellfish Health Advisories web page.
  • Sign up for the CDFW Marine Region News Service to receive the latest information about the crab seasons.
  • Check the Marine Region News Room for press releases with information about the crab seasons.
  • Call or drop by your local Marine Region CDFW office for the latest information before heading out on a crabbing trip.

Commercial Crab Fishery Information

Recreational Crab Fishery Information

News Releases, Memos, Notices and Blog Posts

News Releases

Memos and Notices

2020-2021 Season

2019-2020 Season

Blog Posts

Regulations and Programs

California's coastal waters are home to a multitude of invertebrates (species lacking a bony skeleton). A small fraction of these, including a variety of crab species, are actually targeted by California's recreational and commercial fisheries. In the following links, visitors can learn more about crab species identification, biology, habitat, geographic range, fishing methods, and more. CDFW's Whale Safe Fishery Management Efforts are located here.


Federal funding for the 2015-16 California Crab Fisheries Disaster has been received and the Department has concluded the direct payment disbursement portion of the disaster fund to eligible entities. Request for proposals have been received and approved under the mitigation portion of the fund.


Frequently Asked Question (FAQs)

Advisory Groups

Reports and Information

top of maroon and olive colored crab
Dungeness Crab. CDFW photo by C. Juhasz

front of red and orange colored crab
Red Rock Crab. CDFW photo by C. Juhasz