Dungeness crab Entangled Whale Freed As Commercial Crab Fishing Season Gets Underway By Erika Mahoney • Dec 17, 2019 Marine Life Studies’ Whale Entanglement Team (WET) ® under NOAA’s MMHSRP Permit Program # 18786-04 Listen Listening... / 1:40 The commercial Dungeness crab fishing season is now open on the Central Coast. The season was delayed a month over concerns about possible marine entanglements with fishing gear. 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.