A group of nine California legislators sent a bipartisan letter to Gov. Jerry Brown on Monday calling for him to declare a crab fishery disaster in order to help secure financial assistance for the state’s impacted fishing industry.

North Coast Senator Mike McGuire (D-Healdsburg) and Assemblyman Jim Wood (D-Healdsburg) were among the letter’s signatories.

“The delayed crab season is unprecedented in duration and magnitude and California crabbers need our help now more than ever,” McGuire said in a statement. “For the past three months, we have all been hopeful that we could kick off the harvest, but as the holidays came and went and acid levels remained too high, the statewide impact has been catastrophic.”

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