The 2014-2015 crab season is nearing its seasonal end in the San Francisco Bay Area. It is always a big deal in northern California when the dungeness crab season starts, usually in November.
Some years the crab population is slim and the commercial fishing limits are strict; a very upsetting hardship for fishing people and restauranteurs who make a living off the crabs. Fortunately this year was plentiful.
During the season schools and organizations have crab feeds, restaurants and markets put out signs announcing their crab prices including the day and hour it is expected in. During the holidays many people in the Bay Area order crab for their various feasts. Bodega Bay and San Francisco fish markets are lively with happy festive customers ordering crab. I stood in line beside a woman who ordered 30 bibs.
I was birding in Bodega Bay a few weeks ago and the crab pots (cages for trapping) were stacked and lined all around the Marina. There are still some boats and fishers out in the Bay catching crabs, but the season is dwindling to a close.
If you are ever in the Bay Area during crab season at the end or beginning of the calendar year, partake in this fresh seasonal delight. Winter birding is also wonderful in Bodega Bay, but that’s another story I will undoubtedly be telling you in the future.
Photo credit: Athena Alexander