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Looking ahead to next years California crab season

dungenesscrabShould California’s four-year drought break, causing rivers to run, next year’s crab season could be worse than the 2015-2016 season. The industry has, so far, lost at least $48 million in revenue for crab fishermen statewide, according to information presented at the Joint Committee on Fisheries and Aquaculture hearing last Thursday, April 28 in Sacramento. Dr. Raphael Kudela and his colleague, Dr. William Sydeman, senior scientist with the Farallones Institute Team, fear if this season is followed by enough rain to end the drought, the rivers will run, bringing rich nutrients to the ocean. The algal bloom will then feed off the nutrients and, according to Kudela, be 400 percent more toxic than it was this year. There is a chance, however, that a La Nina weather pattern could be cool enough to make the algal bloom dissipate. As Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker drags her feet on disaster relief. Read the rest here 13:52

Public safety comes first for crabbers

dungenesscrabA panel of agency heads and industry experts gathered in Santa Rosa Thursday to discuss the delayed California crabbing season, how to proceed with opening waters should the algae-produced neurotoxin levels subside in shellfish and what to do if they shouldn’t. “It’s rare these days that you see individuals and industries putting public safety ahead of profit,” said state Sen. Mike McGuire, who hosted the panel discussion as chair of the , along with the vice chair, Assemblymember Jim Wood. Read the article here 08:32