Dungeness crab fishery opens on Central California Coast, hundreds of boats participate
SEAFOODNEWS.COM by John Sackton Nov. 18, 2014
The Central California dungeness crab season opened on Saturday, and initial reports are that the catches are going well.
""We're guardedly optimistic," said Zeke Grader executive director of the Pacific Coast Federation of Fishermen's Association.
"We could very well be looking at year records for this time of year, but that doesn't mean there's necessarily more crab than in previous years, it just means more crab has been harvested earlier."
Each year vessels in the northern zones of California and Oregon have to make a decision whether to participate in the early Bay Area fishery that opens November 15th, or wait until the regular season opens in the Northern sections, which usually is around December 1st, but can be delayed by slow growth of the crabs.
Any vessel fishing in the southern zone has to wait 30 days...
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