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Commercial crab season returns to the Bay Area ahead of New Year

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SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. (KRON) — Crab season has finally arrived in the Bay Area.

On Wednesday, the long-awaited Dungeness commercial crab fishing season returned from Pescadero to the Mendocino-Sonoma County line.

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife announced commercial crabbers can drop their pots in the waters off Sonoma, Marin, San Francisco, and San Mateo counties.

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Traditionally, the commercial Dungeness crab season starts Nov. 15.

Commercial crab season was delayed to help protect humpback whales and leatherback sea turtles from entanglements with fishing equipment.

Courtesy: California Department of Fish and Wildlife.

The season covers Fishing Zone 3 — between Pigeon Point to the south and the border between Sonoma and Mendocino counties in the north.

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