Bay Area fishermen crabby about commercial crab season delays

While California’s commercial crab season will open in the northern part of the state on Dec. 1, Bay Area fishermen will have to wait until at least Dec. 15 to catch crab.
While California’s commercial crab season will open in the northern part of the state on Dec. 1, Bay Area fishermen will have to wait until at least Dec. 15 to catch crab. Photo credit Justin Sullivan/ Getty Images

While California's commercial crab season will open in the northern part of the state on Dec. 1, Bay Area fishermen will have to wait until at least Dec. 15 to catch crab. Some worry the delays could stretch even further.

Endangered whales' migration off the coast is leading to the latest delay. Tony Anello with Spud Point Crab Company, an industry veteran of 50 years, told KCBS Radio it isn't feasible to take his smaller boats north.

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"They're making their living, and we are just looking at them," he said. "(Some say) 'Oh yeah, we can go north.' But if you know how hard it is for small boats to go north, it's not right."

While California’s commercial crab season will open in the northern part of the state on Dec. 1, Bay Area fishermen will have to wait until at least Dec. 15 to catch crab.
While California’s commercial crab season will open in the northern part of the state on Dec. 1, Bay Area fishermen will have to wait until at least Dec. 15 to catch crab. Photo credit Mike Dewald/KCBS Radio

Already missing out on the Thanksgiving market, Anello is worried he will miss the rest of the holiday season, too.

"We have to haul crab from the north if we want to open up any time before Christmas,” Anello said. "I'm losing a lot for money a lot of capability because the way it has shaken out."

Anello said he believes crab season will continue