SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- The California Department of Fish and Wildlife has decided not to open the commercial Dungeness crab season, until the health advisory for "Dungeness crabs can be lifted for the entire California coast or it can be lifted south of the Mendocino/Sonoma county line, whichever comes first."
"Like many decisions I have had to make regarding this closure, I do not make it lightly and only after extensive input and thought," said CDFW Director Charlton H. Bonham. "I understand that there are people suffering economic losses from this closure. However, the majority of the commercial fleet tells me they want a statewide opener or could live with an opener that adheres to traditional management areas, which would provide the utmost protection against someone falling ill from domoic acid poisoning."In a press release, the CDFW wants to remind people areas currently open to crab fishing include:Recreational Dungeness crab fishery along mainland coast south of 38 00' N Latitude (near Point Reyes in Marin County)Commercial and recreational rock crab fishery along the mainland coast south of 35 40' N Latitude (near Piedras Blancas Light Station in San Luis Obispo County)Areas currently closed to crab fishing include:Commercial Dungeness crab fishery statewideRecreational Dungeness crab fishery north of 38 00' N Latitude (near Point Reyes in Marin County)Commercial and recreational rock crab fisheries north of 35 40' N Latitude (near Piedras Blancas Light Station in San Luis Obispo County)Commercial and recreational rock crab fisheries in state waters around San Miguel, Santa Rosa and Santa Cruz Islands.Click here to see a summary of domoic acid levels in crabs.