were given a little more territory to snare tasty Dungeness on Friday when the
California Department of Public Health lifted its health advisory along the
coast up to Humboldt Bay.
Restrictions on catching
the crustaceans were quickly lifted after the decision by Karen Smith, the
state health officer. It means crabs can be caught for sport along the
California coast up to Humboldt County, including all the waters in the bay.
Commercial crab fishing
is still not allowed north of the Sonoma/Mendocino county line, a restriction
that has held since the fishing season was officially opened in March, more
than four months after the California Department of Fish and Wildlife closed
the season because of toxins found in crab meat.
Jordan Traverso, a
department spokesperson, said the restrictions could also be relaxed for the
commercial industry in about a week. Industry representatives have said in the
past they do not want the season opened any farther north until the entire
coast of California is free of domoic acid.
In : Humboldt Bay