Finally! North Coast crab haul begins in long-delayed commercial opener

AR-160519941Hundreds of crab tumbled into large plastic loading containers on the raised docks of Pacific Choice Seafoods in Eureka early Thursday morning as the crew of the crab vessel Calypso hauled in what may have been the first local commercial catch of the long-delayed season opener. David Helliwell of Eureka, who has been crab fishing for 45 years, said he has never had to wait this long to cast out his pots. “It’s been difficult,” the 71-year-old fisherman said as he helped load some of his 350 crab pots onto his 74-year-old vessel Corregidor. “It’s been difficult for everybody. … This whole season is beyond anyone’s experience.” Read the rest here 08:20

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