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Dungeness crab season in Bay Area, Central Coast will come to an early end

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Dungeness crab season in Bay Area, Central Coast will come to an early end

The already-shortened 2023-2024 Dungeness crab season in the Bay Area and central California will come to an end early, in just over a week.

California Department of Fish and Wildlife officials on Thursday ordered an April 8 close to the commercial season to minimize the risk of humpback whales becoming entangled in fishing gear as they return to forage off the California coast.

The decision was made after consultation with representatives of the fishing industry, environmental organizations and scientists.

The order applies to what the state calls Zones 3, 4 and 5, from the Sonoma/Mendocino county border south to Point Conception in Santa Barbara County.

The season started late this year — Jan. 18, with a 50% trap reduction — after a series of delays. The 2022-2023 season ended April 15, 2023, and the season before ended on April 8, 2022.

This is a developing story. Come back for updates.



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