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Dungeness crab

Dungeness crab

The commercial Dungeness crab fishery season in Sonoma County will open Saturday, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) announced Monday.

The fishery will open at 12:01 a.m. from Bodega Head north to the Sonoma-Mendocino county line. The area from the southern boundary of Bodega Head State Marine Reserve north to the Sonoma-Mendocino county line was closed due to elevated levels of domoic acid, which no longer poses a significant risk to public health in that area.

CDFW Director Charlton H. Bonham said the fishery will open on Saturday preceded by an 18-hour gear-setting period that will begin no earlier than 6:01 a.m. Friday.

The Northern California commercial Dungeness crab fishery in fish and wildlife districts 6, 7, 8 and 9 in Mendocino, Humboldt and Del Norte counties remains closed until 12:01 a.m., Dec. 16 due to poor meat quality, CDFW officials said. If future tests indicate good meat quality, the fishery will open after a 64-hour gear-setting period, according to the CDFW.

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