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Dungeness relief payouts imminent

Dungeness relief payouts imminent

Daniel Mintz Mad River Union HUMBOLDT – Disaster relief money to compensate fishermen for the severely delayed 2015 to 2016 Dungeness crab season will finally be delivered to the North Coast on June 1.  The majority of $25 million in crab disaster relief funding will be used for payments to participants in the state’s Dungeness

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

Crabbers to get federal relief

Daniel Mintz Mad River Union HUMBOLDT – The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) has proposed a spending plan for federal Dungeness Crab disaster relief funding after taking input from fishermen, processors and charter boat operators. The state’s 2015 to 2016 commercial Dungeness and rock crab seasons were declared as fisheries disasters after being

Offshore drilling a ‘dangerous proposal’

Daniel Mintz Mad River Union HUMBOLDT – An annual state legislative hearing on fisheries focused on fighting the re-emergence of what was described as a dangerous threat – new offshore oil drilling. Alarm over President Donald Trump’s five-year plan to open coastal areas – including California’s – to new offshore oil and gas drilling was

North Coast Dungeness crabbing finally starts

Daniel Mintz Mad River Union HUMBOLDT – After waiting through a series of delays, the North Coast’s commercial Dungeness crab fishermen soaked their pots last weekend and started pulling them. A $2.75 per pound ex-vessel or off-the-boat starting price was negotiated between fishermen and processors in Oregon. Crabbers in Oregon and Washington began fishing on

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

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