Dungeness crab stocks are healthy, with naturally occurring fluctuations in abundance. The fishing method is targeted and
gear is selective. Bycatch mortality is minimal to non-existent. The issues facing this industry are not biological, but socioeconomic.
The industry is working with the state management system to ensure a sound future for Dungeness crab fishing
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