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Melanie Wong | Oct 24, 202107:45 PM     15

" . . . Whales seem to be hanging around Monterey Bay longer due to warmer ocean temperatures, says Geoff Shester, California campaign director and senior scientist with Monterey-based Oceana Conservation Group.

Last year, the crab season was supposed to start Nov. 15, but was delayed until Dec. 23, as regulators sought to avoid more whale bloodshed.

Fisheries have been closed since the end of July, and are currently set to reopen on Nov. 6. But Shester says Dungeness crab season could easily be delayed again this year, depending on whale activity along the coast. . . "

In addition, I've heard from one local fisher that Dungeness crab prices are expected to rise over last year's already high levels because Alaska crab stocks have plummeted, resulting in closure of the Bristol Bay king crab season and cutbacks in the quota for snow crab.
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Dungeness crabbing has been proven to be directly related to many whale entanglements

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