Monterey Bay lobster fishing delay extended

Monterey Bay lobster fishing delay extended

Monterey Bay lobster fishing delay extended

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife continued to halt crab trapping in Monterey Bay to protect the whales. The reason for the delay is to protect humpback whales, which can be entangled by trapping equipment. Recreational capture of Dungeness crab by other methods, including hoop nets and crab traps, is not affected by the temporary trapping restriction and is initially permitted at the state level. On November 4, CDFW noted. CDFW will re-evaluate the situation on or about December 7, 2023. Dr. Jeff Chester, Oceana California Campaign Director and Chief Scientist, and a member of the California Crab Fishing Gear Working Group, issued the following statement: “The California Department of Fish and Wildlife, with the support of fishermen, is doing the right thing to protect whales from entanglement, saving them Safe feeding and swimming opportunities off the California coast. We expect strong El Niño conditions in the coming months, which will likely push humpback whales closer to shore as they follow available prey – such as anchovies – into shallow waters. If the whales also have to contend with thousands From vertical fishing lines in these areas closer to shore than traditional crab traps, this could create the perfect storm for increased entanglements, and we have already seen a very large number of whales tangled in fishing gear this year. With expectations that a strong El Niño could continue through the spring , we will likely see the crabbing season come to an early end, compressing an already short season with statewide delays. Innovative fishing gear will be available for testing under experimental fishing permits this spring, and once authorized, could be a way to extend the fishing season to the spring months, providing additional hunting opportunities in a way that is also safe for whales.

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife continued to halt crab trapping in Monterey Bay to protect the whales.

The reason for the delay is to protect humpback whales that could be trapped by trapping equipment.

Recreational use of dung crabs in other ways, including hoop nets and crab traps, is not affected by the temporary trapping restriction and is permitted statewide beginning Nov. 4, CDFW noted.

CDFW will re-evaluate the situation on or around December 7, 2023.

Dr. Jeff Chester, Oceana California Campaign Director and Chief Scientist, and member of the California Crab Fishing Gear Working Group, issued the following statement:

“The California Department of Fish and Wildlife, with the support of fishermen, is doing the right thing to protect whales from entanglement, providing them with safe feeding and swimming opportunities off the California coast. We expect strong El Niño conditions in the coming months, which will likely push humpback whales If whales also have to contend with thousands of vertical fishing lines in these near-shore areas from traditional crab traps, this could create a perfect storm for increased entanglements, as we have already seen Too many whales tangled in fishing gear this year.And with forecasts that a strong El Niño could continue through the spring, we’ll likely see the crabbing season come to an early end, compressing an already short season with statewide delays. The innovative fishing gear will be available for testing under experimental fishing permits this spring, and once authorized, could be a way to extend the fishing season into the spring months, providing additional fishing opportunities in a way that is also safe for whales.

(tags for translation) Dungeness crab

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