New Rules for California Dungeness Crab Fleet Seek Fewer Whale Entanglements
The California Department of Fish and Wildlife on Friday unveiled a batch of complex new rules designed to reduce the risk to endangered whales and sea turtles of becoming entangled in commercial Dungeness crab fishing gear.
The draft regulations are set to be finalized before the next commercial season starts in November after a period of public review.
They expand on a framework established under a legal settlement reached last year that allows for the state’s $60-million-a-year crab fishery to be delayed or closed...
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