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State responds to ‘horrific’ entanglements

State responds to ‘horrific’ entanglements

Daniel Mintz Mad River Union HUMBOLDT – The state is launching an unprecedented effort to address whale entanglements with commercial fishing gear that were described as “horrific” during a legislative hearing. Chuck Bonham, the director of the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW), announced the plan at a Nov. 28 statehouse hearing chaired by

Fishermen sue Big Oil over closures

Daniel Mintz Mad River Union HUMBOLDT – West Coast fishermen are fighting the oil and gas industry, accusing 30 fossil fuel companies of advancing climate change and causing a series of Dungeness crab closures. Filed on Nov. 14 in California State Superior Court in San Francisco by the Pacific Coast Federation of Fishermen’s Associations, the

Crabbing stalled pending meat test

Daniel Mintz Mad River Union HUMBOLDT – After a month-and-a-half of delay due to low meat quality, the North Coast’s commercial Dungeness crab season is on hold due to rough seas and price uncertainty. The status of crabbing will be clarified this week, when the results of another round of meat-to-shell ratio testing will surface.

Crab season delayed again

Daniel Mintz Mad River Union HUMBOLDT – The commercial Dungeness crab season won’t begin until mid-January, as insufficient meat levels have prevented a late December opening. The North Coast area’s commercial crabbing was scheduled to begin Dec. 1 but crabs collected in Eureka, Trinidad and Crescent City failed to meet the 25 percent meat to

Concerns about crab quality could delay season

Daniel Mintz Mad River Union HUMBOLDT –  The results of recent algae toxin tests have sparked fears of another delayed Dungeness crab season on the North Coast. The potential for delay of the upcoming season was explored along with several other fisheries challenges at an Oct. 27 hearing held by the state legislature’s Joint Committee

Ocean behavior alarming, puzzling

Note: The following is one of several stories about the crab and fisheries calamities. You should also read: • Aid for crabbers ‘no slam dunk’ • Closure imperils crabber livelihoods • Dungenness crab toxicity a vexing issue • Crabbers query how they can use SBA loans   Paul Mann Mad River Union SACRAMENTO– The chief

Crabbers query how they can use SBA loans

Note: The following is one of several stories about the crab and fisheries calamities. You should also read: • Aid for crabbers ‘no slam dunk’ • Closure imperils crabber livelihoods • Dungenness crab toxicity a vexing issue • Crabbers query how they can use SBA loans Paul Mann Mad River Union NORTH COAST – North

Dungenness crab toxicity a vexing issue

Note: The following is one of several stories about the crab and fisheries calamities. You should also read: • Aid for crabbers ‘no slam dunk’ • Closure imperils crabber livelihoods • Dungenness crab toxicity a vexing issue • Crabbers query how they can use SBA loans Paul Mann Mad River Union SACRAMENTO – Lifting California’s

Coastal legislators request crab season disaster declaration

  Office of Senator Mike McGuire SACRAMENTO – Today, Jan. 25 a bi-partisan coalition of state legislators requested that Governor Jerry Brown declare a fishery disaster due to the devastating impacts of the delayed California crab season. “The delayed crab season is unprecedented in duration and magnitude and California crabbers need our help now more than ever. For

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