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  • March 1, 2022
Dungeness crabs on fishing vessel

Wildlife officers from the CDFW Marine Enforcement Division have noticed an uptick in the number of commercial Dungeness crab cases in North Coast waters since December 2021.

Categories: Fisheries, General
  • February 18, 2022
Several Dungeness crab caught inside a net and being hauled aboard a commercial fishing vessel.

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) is issuing a statewide fleet advisory for the commercial Dungeness crab fishery due to a recent humpback whale entanglement, approximately 5 miles west of Cypress Point near Monterey Bay (Fishing Zone 4).

Categories: Fisheries, Marine
  • December 15, 2021
A close-up image of a single Dungeness crab.

Recreational Dungeness crab trap fishing in Fishing Zone 3 (Sonoma/Mendocino county line to Pigeon Point) will open under a Fleet Advisory beginning at 9 a.m. this Friday, Dec. 17, 2021.

Categories: Fisheries, Fishing, Marine
  • December 9, 2021
Dungeness crab on boat

Fishing Zone 4 (Pigeon Point to Lopez Point) will open for recreational Dungeness crab trap fishing under a Fleet Advisory beginning at 9 a.m. on Dec. 10, 2021. The commercial fishery will open in Zone 4 under a Fleet Advisory and Depth Constraint at 12:01 a.m. on Dec. 16, 2021, with a pre-soak period to begin at 8:01 a.m. on Dec. 13, 2021.

Categories: Fisheries, General, Marine
  • November 1, 2021
Image of Dungeness crab on fishing vessel

The recreational take of Dungeness crab using crab traps in Fishing Zones 3 and 4, (from the Sonoma/Mendocino county line to Lopez Point) will be temporarily restricted when the season opens on Nov. 6 due to presence of humpback whales and leatherback sea turtles and the potential for entanglement from trap gear.

Categories: Fisheries, Marine
  • October 27, 2021
Image of Dungeness crab

New regulations adopted by the Fish and Game Commission authorize the CDFW Director to restrict the use of crab traps in the beginning and end of the recreational Dungeness crab season due to marine life entanglement risk

Categories: Fisheries, Marine

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