Crab Fishing Season in California Ends Monday Due to CDFW Emergency Declaration

EUREKA, Calif. — The 2019 crab fishing season in California came to a screeching halt Monday due to an emergency declaration from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) to close commercial Dungeness crab fisheries.

The CDFW says they determined that California’s crab fishery “is being conducted in a manner that poses a significant risk of marine life entanglement, and that the appropriate management response is a closure of the California commercial Dungeness crab fishery.”

“This emergency closure had stemmed from a lawsuit from the Center for Biological Diversity (CBD),” Humboldt Fisherman’s Marketing Association President Harrison Ibach said. “They sued the CDFW due to some whale entanglements.”

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