CDFW: Commercial Dungeness crab fishery delayed south of Mendocino-Sonoma County line

The California Department of Fish & Wildlife announced Tuesday the commercial Dungeness crab fishery has been delayed south of the Mendocino and Sonoma County line.

The delay is due to a preliminary determination that there is a significant risk of marine life entanglement due to fishing gear.

The opening of the commercial Dungeness crab fishery in districts 10, 17,18 and 19 will be delayed until Nov. 22, the CDFW said.

"CDFW understands the crab fishery’s value to coastal communities and is committed to ensuring a robust fishery while taking appropriate steps to minimize marine life entanglements to the extent practicable," the agency said in a press release. "Before taking this action, the Director considered all recommendations and information provided within the public notice period that ended at 5 p.m. on Nov. 4 in advance of enacting this delay. Comments received resulted in the Director shortening the delay from eight to seven days."

Through the course of the crab season, the CDFW said they're working to review scientific information and advise efforts to minimize the risk of whale and sea turtle entanglements.

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