After years of seasonal delays due to dangerous domoic acid levels, recreational crab season kicked off today without health advisories.

On opening day in Sonoma County’s Bodega Bay, people flocked to the water to snag some fresh crab. Whether on a boat, kayak or from the shore, traps were set out along the coast by eager crabbers.

Truncated crab seasons over the last couple of years have hit fishermen hard, which is why many were eager to celebrate the lack of delay this year. Algae blooms can cause a buildup of the poisonous acid and, once in the food chain, can become toxic to humans. The Health Department did not issue an advisory yet but will continue monitoring levels as commercial seasons begin.

Commercial crab season is slated to start Nov. 15 for the Sonoma-Mendocino county lines, and Dec. 1 for northern areas.

Garret Medeiros, of Novato, and his dog joined other eager fisherman for opening day.
Novato resident Garret Medeiros and his dog joined other eager fishermen for opening day. (Tiffany Camhi/KQED)
Crab pots, like this one, are baited with chicken and squid to attract crabs.
Crab pots, like this one, are baited with chicken and squid to attract crabs. (Tiffany Camhi/KQED)
Pallets stacked high with hundreds of traps sit on the Spud Point Marina.
Pallets stacked high with hundreds of traps sit on the Spud Point Marina in Bodega Bay. (Tiffany Camhi/KQED)
Fairfield resident, Drew Rutherford, shows off freshly caught crab.
Fairfield resident Drew Rutherford shows off freshly caught crab. (Tiffany Camhi/KQED)
A container full of fresh catches. Fisherman were glad that there wasn't a delay to the season, as there had been in previous years.
A container full of fresh catches. Fishermen were glad that there wasn’t a delay to the season, as there had been in previous years. (Tiffany Camhi/KQED)
Sophann Yon of Roseville washes off rock crab caught from his kayak. He started at 1 a.m. this morning.
Sophann Yon of Roseville washes off rock crab caught from his kayak. He started fishing at 1 a.m. today. (Tiffany Camhi/KQED)
PHOTOS: No Acid, No Wait: Recreational Crabbers Take to the Water for Opening Day 6 November,2017Tiffany Camhi

  • Greg Feneis

    What’s the plural form of crab? Isn’t it crabs? It appears the plural of crabber is crabbers. Why isn’t the plural of crab, crabs?

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