Can West Coast crabbers drop pots?

SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) — Local Dungeness crab fishermen are gearing up for a possible season opener in two weeks, while keeping an eye on the forecast for “the blob.”

That large patch of warm ocean water may be to blame for last year’s dismal crab season.

On his boat in Half Moon Bay, Porter McHenry and crew were swapping out their summer gear for crab pots. Last week, he met with state health officials about the Dungeness crab fishery possibly opening on November 15th, but he can’t spend too much time thinking about what regulators are going to do.

“Try to spend as little as possible. Until we see some effect, we try to keep our heads down,” McHenry told KCBS.

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Jessica Hathaway

Jessica Hathaway is the editor in chief of National Fisherman. She has been covering the fishing industry for 13 years, serves on the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute’s Communications Committee and is a National Fisheries Conservation Center board member.

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