As the hard-hit West Coast crab industry waits for federal financial relief that may never come, California lawmakers and regulators plan to meet next week to determine whether they’ll manage the fishery differently next season.

At the California Legislature Joint Committee on Fisheries and Aquaculture’s meeting on Aug. 10, these proposed “rule changes” will be introduced for the first time, committee Chairman and North Coast state Sen. Mike McGuire said.

“It’s based off of lessons learned from this absolute disaster of a season,” McGuire said. “What we’ve all been focused on is where are our weaknesses and where can we improve.”

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