Commercial Crab Season Delayed

EUREKA, Ca. (KIEM) – The commercial crab season on the North Coast is being delayed for the third consecutive year.

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife conducted meat quality tests at the beginning of the month and concluded that crabs will not be ready for harvest on Sunday, Dec. 1.

Crab season is pushed back to Monday, Dec. 16 and another round of testing will take place around the beginning of December.

If the tests determine that crabs haven’t fattened up by that point, the season could be delayed again until Dec. 31.

The season can be delayed no later than Jan. 15, which happened for the 2017-18 and 2018-19 seasons.