California’s commercial Dungeness crab season is scheduled to begin at midnight tonight for the central coast, from Avila-Morro Bay to the mouth of the Russian River, and December 1 for the northern coast, from the Russian River to the Oregon border. While the opening of the fishery is an exciting period for crab fishermen, it’s also a time to hone in on safety.
Thanksgiving crab is a San Francisco tradition. The steamed, spidery-red crustaceans have a spot on the dining room table right next to that big, gobbling bird. Crab is a delicacy, but the fishermen who go out in the heavy-winter seas and catch it are anything but delicate. The Department of Labor lists fishing as the most dangerous jobs in the country, and the Coast Guard is working to reduce risk through a safety initiative called Operation Safe Crab.
The Coast Guard earned kudos from DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano during a visit to the Vessel Traffic Center in New Orleans. Secretary Napolitano noted the Coast Guard’s diverse and often unpublicized port safety and security missions during a meeting with […]