California Department of Fish and Wildlife Crab Season Cut Short To Protect Whales By Erika Mahoney • Apr 8, 2019 Erika Mahoney Listen Listening... / 1:39 The commercial crab fishing season is being cut nearly in half this year. It ends statewide one week from today. The goal is to prevent whale and sea turtle entanglements in the crab fishing gear. Salmon Season Cut Short Due To Drought By Erika Mahoney • Jun 28, 2018 Erika Mahoney Listen Listening... / 1:38 Time is running out to buy salmon caught in the Monterey Bay. This year's commercial salmon season is short because of the recent drought.