Bay Area Dungeness crab fishing season delayed to protect whales

About 100 fishermen caught illegally crabbing on San Mateo County coast

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Multiple fisherman were cited on suspicion of illegally fishing for Dungeness Crab out of season at Tunitas Beach in San Mateo County on Saturday, authorities said.

CHP-Redwood City officers manning a wildfire-related closure on Highway 1 just south of Tunitas Creek Road reportedly spotted about 100 fishermen illegally crabbing at about 9:17 p.m. Saturday.

“CHP notified the California Department of Fish and Wildlife and with the assistance of the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office were able to intervene. Multiple fishermen were cited for various misdemeanor violations including: trespassing on Tunitas Beach after sunset, possession of Dungeness Crab outside of season, exceeding the limit of Dungeness Crab in possession (10 per fisherman), and catching undersized Dungeness Crab,” according to CHP.

The Dungeness Crab season runs from the start of November through the end of June.

Headline photo credit: CHP-Redwood City