Center for Biological Diversity 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. Measure Z Fracking Ban Trial Underway In Monterey By Krista Almanzan • Nov 13, 2017 Krista Almanzan Listen Listening... / 1:39 After Monterey County voters approved a fracking ban last November, oil companies and royalty owners quickly filed six lawsuits against the county. Those have all been consolidated into one trial. Phase one began today.