13 Jan '18, 12am

Northern California's Delayed Crab Season Opener Threatens Whales

For Immediate Release, January 12, 2018 Contact: Kristen Monsell, (510) 844-7137, [email protected] Northern California's Delayed Crab Season Opener Threatens Whales State Wildlife Agency Urged to Address Risk of Deadly Entanglements EUREKA, Calif. — As commercial crabbers drop hundreds of traps into the Pacific Ocean off California’s North Coast this weekend, the Center for Biological Diversity is warning about the dangers they pose to whales, sea turtles and other wildlife. The California Department of Fish and Wildlife delayed the regular November opening of commercial Dungeness crab season north of Sonoma County until Jan. 15 because the crabs hadn’t matured. But state regulators have done little to address the fishery’s skyrocketing entanglements of imperiled whales and sea turtles in recent years, which prompted the Center to sue the wildlife agency in...

Full article: http://www.biologicaldiversity.org/news/press_releases/20...

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