Regulations for some species may differ inside San Francisco Bay; view regulations applicable to San Francisco Bay. This summary of current regulations was updated on January 1, 2021.
See the California Ocean Sport Fishing Regulations booklet for complete regulation information, including regulations for species not covered here.
May 20, 2019
The California commercial Dungeness crab fishery came to an abrupt end on April 15th due to a legal settlement aimed at reducing the potential for whale and sea turtle entanglements in coastal waters. This closure was the result of a lawsuit filed by the Center for Biological Diversity (CBD) that alleged the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) “[ran] the crab fishery in a manner that effectively created what the plaintiff’s lead attorney once called a ‘minefield of crab traps’ for marine creatures.”
The Dungeness crab industry working together to protect and preserve the California Dungeness Crab fishery for the continued economic survival of the West Coast commercial fishing fleet and our coastal communities. The California Coast Crab Association (CCCA) is a non-profit 501(c)(6) trade organization made up of commercial crab fishermen and crab buyers formed to be a strong, unified voice for policy development and science based fishery management with the goal of sustaining commercial fishing dependent coastal communities. We seek to make sure that California Dungeness Crab remains one of the most robust, sustainable fisheries in the world.