Invertebrates of Interest: Crabs

Dungeness and Rock Crab Regulation Updates

The Latest Information

Please access one of the following sources for up-to-date information concerning crab season dates and related information:

  • Visit the link opens in new windowCDPH Domoic Acid web page for the latest crab test analyses and results (under Analytical Data - Crabs).
  • Call the CDFW Domoic Acid Fishery Closure Information Line at (831) 649-2883 for up-to-date information about the Dungeness crab and Rock crab seasons.
  • Call the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) Shellfish Biotoxin Information line at: (510) 412-4643 or toll-free at (800) 553-4133 for updated crab consumption advisories, or visit the CDFW Finfish and Shellfish Health Advisories web page.
  • Sign up for the CDFW Marine Region News Service to receive the latest information about the crab seasons.
  • Check the Marine Region News Room for press releases with information about the crab seasons.
  • Call or drop by your local Marine Region CDFW office for the latest information before heading out on a crabbing trip.

Commercial Crab Fishery Information

Recreational Crab Fishery Information

News Releases, Memos, Notices and Findings

News Releases and Blog Posts

Memos, Notices and Findings

2018-2019 Season

2017-2018 Season

2016-2017 Season

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. You can also view more information about CDFW's Whale Safe Fishery management efforts.

Proposed Commercial Dungeness Crab Trap Gear Retrieval Program

The public comment period for this rulemaking closed at 5:00 p.m. on Monday June 24, 2019.


Please email inquiries and comments to:


August 29, 2018 Conference Call Progress to Date: Crab Disaster Relief Spending Plan

Webinar July 18, 2018 Meeting Information

**NEW** Regulations for Commercial Dungeness Crab Trap Surface Gear and Gear Removal Time

Sign Up to Receive the Latest Dungeness Crab News from CDFW

To receive updates regarding the Dungeness crab fishery, link opens in new windowplease sign up on the CDFW Dungeness Crab mailing list.

Frequently Asked Question (FAQs)

Information on Harmful Algal Blooms (HABs)

Advisory Groups

Other Crab Information

Magazine, Newsletter, and Blog Articles

Dungeness crab. CDFW photo by C. Juhasz