"The Dungeness crab season is ending early in Northern California.
The California Department of Fish and Wildlife has ordered crabbers to pull their last pots on June 1, six weeks earlier than anticipated.
The order came because whales get tangled in crabbers lines, so when more whales return to the California coast, crabbing has to shut down.
“So the department does a semi-monthly flyover. If they see too many whales, then they have the discretion to be able to close the season down to be able to protect the whales,” explained Andy at Fish Emeryville.
“The whales seem to be back earlier this year. Whether there’s more of them or they’re just back early remains to be seen, but they’re definitely more prolific than they usually are.”"
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