California Imposes Temporary Prohibition on Crab Fishing to Protect Whales and Turtles

The California Department of Fish & Wildlife announced a temporary crab trap prohibition and delay in opening the Dungeness crab fishing season due to the presence of protected marine life during recent aerial surveys. The state agency exercised its authority to impose the temporary prohibitions after sightings of humpback whales and leatherback sea turtles were reported.