Tag Archives: California Dungeness crab

Crab season halted to save whales & turtles

Crab season halted to save whales & turtles

 Daniel Mintz Mad River Union HUMBOLDT – The commercial Dungeness crab season will close three months early, on April 15, a measure that’s part of a lawsuit settlement on reducing whale and sea turtle impacts.  Filed in federal court on March 26, the settlement resolves a lawsuit that sought to hold the state liable for

Crabbers brace for settlement impacts

Daniel Mintz Mad River Union HUMBOLDT – Commercial crabbers are bracing for what could be a shortened Dungeness season as talks on a whale entanglement lawsuit settlement continue.  The potential outcome of a lawsuit against the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (DFW) was cautiously discussed during a March 21 statehouse hearing.  Chaired by Senator

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

Feds declare salmon fishery disasters

Daniel Mintz Mad River Union HUMBOLDT –  California’s 2016 and 2017 commercial ocean salmon seasons have been declared as federal fisheries disasters, one of many declarations for the state and the rest of the West Coast. Declared by the U.S. Secretary of Commerce late last month, the West Coast fisheries disasters include the Klamath River