Large swells delays North Coast crab hauls in season opener

dungenesscrabRough waters put a damper on the opening of the North Coast’s commercial Dungeness crab season Thursday, but Friday is expected to provide a window for some crab hauls to hit local ports. Wild Planet Foods Eureka processing plant manager Jeff Huffman said no crabs were unloaded at his facility as of Thursday afternoon. “The weather was so bad we didn’t have any of our boats fishing,” Huffman said Thursday. “Tomorrow we should have most everybody out. Everyone should get some gear in the water.” Stepping out of a meeting on Thursday afternoon, Humboldt Fishermen’s Marketing Association Vice President Ken Bates said nobody had reported in any hauls. “The ocean is really crummy again,” Bates said, referencing Monday’s and Tuesday’s high swells. “The swells are pretty big. It’s not 24 feet like it was, but it’s still pretty big.” Read the rest here 10:52