After Delays, Commercial Crab Season Set to Begin

After weeks of delays, the commercial crab season south of
Mendocino County will open at 12:01 a.m. Sunday, according to the California
Department of Fish and Wildlife.

On Nov. 22 the season opener was delayed in Sonoma County and south due to the risk of marine life entanglements in crab fishing gear—specifically whales and sea turtles.

In Mendocino County and north to Humboldt and Del Norte
counties the commercial season has been delayed due to quality, but is set to
open Dec. 31.

Separately, a health advisory that had been issued for
Dungeness crab caught recreationally between Shelter Cove (Humboldt County) and
Point Arena (Mendocino County) due to high amounts of domoic acid was lifted
Saturday by the California Department of Public Health. Officials confirmed that
tests showed levels of the acid within a safe range.

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