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sarvey Nov 8, 2007 08:06 AM

Not to mention other fish, flock, and fauna...

News of the tanker oil spill in the SF Bay is so disheartening. In many many ways. But in the foodie kind of way, what does it mean for the near approaching crab season?

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    Madge Nov 8, 2007 08:14 AM

    I was thinking the exact same thing this morning.
    Expect crabs will be caught from Bodega Bay on up north. This thing seems to be a horror.

    1. baron45 Nov 8, 2007 08:15 AM

      As for Dungeness crabs, they are all caught outside of the bay since it's illegal to harvest them inside the bay. But from what the "experts" were saying, the oil will affect the birds more since they are at the surface where the oil slick is. The fish, of course, are underwater and the crabs are at the bottom.

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        Eat_Nopal Nov 8, 2007 08:17 AM

        The devasting scene I saw this morning... dozens of dead sea lions. Very sad.

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          sarvey Nov 8, 2007 09:04 AM

          Oh no, that is so horrible. I wonder if there is anything we can do. I guess not a subject for this board, but I'll look into it on my own.

          Update: Just talked to Dept. Fish&Game. Check out

          www.owcn.org

          periodically for need for volunteers to help aquatic birds aand mammals. Will probably need folks by this weekend and next week at centers in Cordelia and Sausalito.

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        liujenny Nov 10, 2007 11:37 PM

        The commercial crabbers of San Francisco have voted to delay the Dungeness opening season (indefinitely as of now). Let's hope the oil spill damages can be controlled now...

        http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article...

        1. toodie jane Nov 18, 2007 04:31 PM

          local area update 11/18:
          from the SF Chronicle:

          "CRAB REPORT; Field scout Bob Ferrari pulled his crab pots near the Pillar Point buoy out of Half Moon Bay [just south of SF Bay] and was encouraged by the quality of the water and the crabs. 'The water outside the HMB harbor buoy and South was very, very clean looking.' Ferrari said. 'All our pots and buoys showed no evidence of oil. We felt legs of all the crabs kept, and most were either one-half soft or firm, with good color.' "

          So it looks like clean crabs will be taken from the coast south of the SF Bay.
          Any word on the north coast?

          1. Veggo Nov 18, 2007 05:12 PM

            In a perverse way, crabs being bottom -dwelling scavengers will profit from the whole experience.
            The incident exactly underscores the correctness of double-hulled transport vessels, but it will take 20 more years to upgrade the global fleet to 95% compliance.

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              toodie jane Nov 19, 2007 06:19 AM

              early coverage said that the chemicals in the oil would be persistent in the estuary habitats for decades, filtering down to the smallest organisms at the bottom of the food chain. I'm not savvy on crab habitats, but it doesn't sound good to me.
              Do you have any more current info?

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              waldrons Nov 18, 2007 07:11 PM

              Last I heard, the vote had been to delay until at least Dec. 1. Even though there is supposedly clean waters to the south, the crab fisherman are encouraging everyone to stay in port. (One rumor has it that they want to get compensation from the company, so want to present a united front.)

              Susan

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                Bunson Nov 18, 2007 10:17 PM

                There was a Mercury News article that said they opened the season last Wednesday as scheduled and pots were in the water, though they had a 3 mile buffer outside of the bay. Not sure how the catch has been but the only worry is that some crabbers might cheat and drop pots in forbidden areas.

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