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Invertebrates of Interest: Crabs

Dungeness and Rock Crab Regulation Updates

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Commercial Crab Fishery Information

Recreational Crab Fishery Information

News Releases, Memos, Notices and Findings

News Releases and Blog Posts

Memos, Notices and Findings

2017-2018 Season

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2015-2016 Season

California's coastal waters are home to a multitude of invertebrates (species lacking a bony skeleton). A small fraction of these, including a variety of crab species, are actually targeted by California's recreational and commercial fisheries. In the following links, visitors can learn more about crab species identification, biology, habitat, geographic range, fishing methods, and more.


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Notice of Public Hearing

CDFW will hold a public hearing for the proposed rulemaking that will specify the use and number of trailer buoys from the main buoy of a commercial Dungeness crab trap and the length of line attached to the trailer buoy will be limited dependent on whether a trap is in shallow or deeper water. More information, including access to rulemaking documents can be found at the following CDFW website.

CDFW will hold a public hearing on:

  • Date: July 31, 2018
  • Time: 9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
  • Location: State Office Justice Joseph A. Rattigan Building
    Conference Room 410 (Fourth Floor)
    50 D Street, Santa Rosa, California

Frequently Asked Question (FAQs)

Information on Harmful Algal Blooms (HABs)

Advisory Groups

Other Crab Information

Magazine, Newsletter, and Blog Articles

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Dungeness crab. CDFW photo by C. Juhasz