Invertebrates of Interest: Crabs

Dungeness and Rock Crab Regulation Updates

Risk Assessment and Mitigation Program (RAMP)

For more information related to the risk assessment process for the commercial Dungeness crab fishery, please visit CDFW's Whale Safe Fisheries page.

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

Current Open and Closed Waters for Commercial Crab Fisheries due to Public Health Hazards

Latest Season RAMP Risk Assessment Information

Recreational Crab Fishery Information

News Releases, Memos, Notices and Blog Posts

News Releases

Memos and Notices

2020-2021 Season

Blog Posts

Regulations and Programs

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