Commercial Dungeness Crab Season Opens Dec. 1 in Northern California

Media Contacts:
Pete Kalvass, CDFW Marine Region, (707) 964-9080
Carrie Wilson, CDFW Communications, (831) 649-7191

The northern California Dungeness crab season will open at 12:01 a.m. on Monday, Dec. 1, 2014 north of the Sonoma/Mendocino County line.


Prior to the season opening, commercial fishermen are allowed a 64-hour gear setting period when crab trap gear can be set no earlier than 8 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 28.

Quality tests conducted in northern California in November indicate that California Dungeness crabs are ready for harvest. For the results from the pre-season quality tests, please visit

Oregon and Washington Dungeness crab seasons will also open on Dec. 1. The central California Dungeness crab season (Sonoma County to Mexico border) opened on Nov. 15.

For more information on Dungeness crab, please visit