Friday, February 19, 2016

Recreational crab season is open, not commercial

Half Moon Bay Review/Carina Woudenberg, 2/17/16. "Crab deemed safe. Recreational season opens, commercial may follow." 

Crab Season always
makes Andy Pappas happy
"State health officials say all Dungeness crab caught south of Point Reyes is safe to eat and the recreational season has opened.

Last week’s development excites sportfishermen who have had to hold back on dropping their pots since November, when the season was originally due to open, and frustrates commercial fishermen who have been holding out for a statewide opening.

“They feel like it’s not going to build confidence with the public,” said Half Moon Bay commercial crab fisherman Jim Anderson, speaking on behalf of his fellow fishermen."

Related article. San Francisco Chronicle/SF Gate/Kevin Fagan and Jenna Lyons, 1/17/16, "California's commercial Dungeness crab season to stay closed." ".... State officials decided Wednesday to keep the commercial Dungeness season shuttered until more of the coast is clear of a deadly neurotoxin that stubbornly continues to be found in some of the spindly sea creatures.The late afternoon announcement by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife dealt a crippling blow to the commercial Dungeness crab industry, which has been locked out of fishing... since the season’s planned opening date in mid-November was canceled by poison fears." 

Note photograph from McKenzie News Service/Event Press release distribution, "Top ten adventures in Pacifica - San Francisco's robust beachfront destination."  "5. Crabbing:  Pacifica Pier is the only place in the Bay Area where the public can crab for free. During the winter, Dungeness crab, which are not available elsewhere in the Bay Area, are abundant off the pier; in the spring, catch perch at Linda Mar Bay; in the fall, go rock fishing off Pedro Point."

Posted by Kathy Meeh

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