Humboldt Fishermen's Marketing Association
NORTH COAST – Dungeness crab fishermen in District 6 (North Jetty Humboldt Bay to Oregon border) were allowed to start setting crab pots today, Nov. 28, but many local fishermen may stay tied up due to rough ocean conditions.
Rough ocean conditions and a very large northwesterly swell forecast by the National Weather Service is expected to produce unsafe conditions on the ocean and Humboldt Bay Bar.
Meanwhile, boats out of Trinidad and Crescent City will also begin setting pots.
Dungeness crabs in District 6 have tested free of domoic acid (a naturally occurring compound) and are reported to be of exceptional quality with high meat recovery. District 6 is the only area north of Point Reyes, San Francisco open to crab fishing in California. Oregon could open as soon as Dec. 15, and Washington State sometime later.
Because of limited fishing area and high crab quality, the three local fishermen’s associations (Humboldt, Trinidad, and Crescent City) discussed the possibility of waiting to begin fishing in order to negotiate with crab buyers for a higher price. Unable to achieve consensus on the issue of price, the crab fleet will start fishing with an ex-vessel price of $3.00 per pound. The first local crabs of the season will be delivered to our ports on Thursday, Dec. 1.