This weekend marks the start of Dungeness crab season in California. Recreational crabbing kicks off Saturday for the entire coast, with the commercial season set to follow later this month.
After two years of health advisories and costly delays to the season due to dangerous levels of domoic acid found in crabs, fishermen are optimistic this season will open without a hitch.
"If all goes according to plan, and we expect it will, there will be Thanksgiving crab in California this year. And that’ll be a first in recent memory," said Noah Oppenheim of the Pacific Coast Federation of Fishermen’s Associations.
Commercial crab season is scheduled for Nov. 15 for the Sonoma-Mendocino county line and points south. The northern region is slated for Dec. 1.
Oppenheim says the outlook is a huge relief to the California fishing industry, which has been hit hard by truncated crab seasons and environmental factors that have impacted the state's fisheries.