BODEGA BAY — Dungeness crab season is finally under way after a delay to test the quality of this season's catch.
Crab fishermen were given the OK to set their pots in the waters off California's central coast Tuesday, meaning the tasty crustaceans could make it to markets by the end of the day.
2010: Prepping For Crab Season
Sport fisherman Chuck Bartley, of Santa Rosa, walks past the commercial crab pots lined up along the dock at Paisano Brothers Fisheries in Bodega Bay on Wednesday, November 10, 2010. Bartley had caught his limit of ten crab for the day.
Mike Cooley, right, and Kelly Draper prepare the Dena for the opening of the commercial crab fishing season on Wednsday, November 10, 2010, in Bodega Bay. The first day of commercial crab fishing is Monday, November 15.
Sport fisherman Jack Stevens shows his limit of ten crabs after
pulling into dock at Westside Park in Bodega Bay on Wednesday,
Nov. 10, 2010.
(Photo by - Christopher Chung) CHRISTOPHER CHUNG/ PD
Recreational fisherman Louis Lopez of Fresno shows off one of the Dungeness crabs he caught Monday, Nov. 15, 2010, with Randy's Fishing Trips at Fisherman's Wharf. AP
Recreational fisherman Louis Lopez of Fresno shows off the 12 Dungeness crabs he and a friend caught Monday, Nov. 15, 2010, with Randy's Fishing Trips at Fisherman's Wharf. Lopez said every passenger on the boat hit their six-crab limit. AP
Even though commercial crabbers were allowed to drop their pots on Sunday, fishermen were asked to wait until quality tests were conducted to haul them in. Early catch found immature crabs with too little meat.
North Coast Fisheries president Michael Lucas told the Press Democrat of Santa Rosa that crabs collected Monday afternoon were of "decent" quality. Fishermen say they expect another strong crab season this year.
Commercial crabbing season opened Monday and runs through June 30.