SAN FRANCISCO - The commercial Dungeness crab fishing season in the San Francisco Bay Area has began after a monthlong delay.
Crab fishermen started hauling in the wiggly crustaceans Sunday in time for the holiday season. Officials pushed back the season to lower the risk of whales getting entangled in fishing lines.
The San Francisco Chronicle says boat captains report seeing no whales on the first day of crab fishing.
The commercial Dungeness crab industry in California takes in $40 million to $95 million a year.
Short seasons can lead to millions of dollars in losses for crab fishermen.