"The California Department of Fish and Wildlife has officially delayed the start of the commercial Dungeness crab season south of the Mendocino-Sonoma county line to Dec. 15, which means there will be no Dungeness crab for sale before Thanksgiving. The season had been set to begin last week, but the state moved it at the request of local crab fleets concerned about potential whale entanglements in their fishing gear.

In 2017, Oakland’s Center for Biological Diversity sued the state, alleging that Fish and Wildlife was not doing enough to prevent entanglement of endangered humpbacks and other whales in fishing gear. The case was settled in 2018, resulting in that year’s crab season ending three months early.

Crab fleets recommended the current delay because the settlement spelled out severe ramifications for entanglements — just one can result in harvest restrictions, or even prompt an entire season shut down."

FULL STORY: https://www.sfchronicle.com/restaurants/article/Commercial-Dungeness-crab-season-officially-14856983.php
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