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Bodega Bay Crab Season opens in time for Holiday Feasts

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Bodega Bay Crab Season opens in time for Holiday Feasts

Last year toxins in crab in our local fishing area nearly destroyed many fishing businesses in Bodega Bay, so having crab season open in time for holiday feasts this year brought deep sighs of relief to both fishermen and those who prefer to support local crab fleets rather than purchase from out of the area.

Spud Point Crab Company Annabelle leaving port

John Hershey, a local photographer, has been documenting the crab fishing process this year by photographing the boats and crew of the Spud Point Crab Company, owned and operated by the Anello family at Spud Point Marina. They run the outdoor restaurant across from the Marina that features cleaned and cooked crab, crab sandwiches, crab cakes (Sat. and Sun.only).

Spud Point Crab Company bringing home crabRight now Spud Point is selling crab from their own fleet - cooked and available 7 days a week 9am to 5pm - AND outside the café, Paisano Brothers is offering live crab at the same location.

Here are some places where you can purchase live and cooked crab in Bodega Bay. And please ask your local grocery if the crab they sell is from our local fleets. After last year's shutdown of their season, they fleets could use all the support then can get. THANK YOU

Spud Point Crab Company - Cooked crab sold in their café - live crab outside
Tony and Carol Anello
1860 Westshore Road
Bodega Bay, California 94923, U.S.A.
9 a.m. to 5 p.m. 7 days a week 

Paisano Brothers Fisheries - Live Crab 
1820 Westshore Road
Bodega Bay, CA 94923

Fishetarian Fish Market & Café - Live and cooked crab
599 Coast HWy 1
Bodega Bay, CA 94923
NOW OPEN 7 DAYS a week!
11am 'til 6pm, Fri & Sat 'til 7pm

The Tides Wharf Fish Market - Live and cooked crab
835 Coast Hwy 1
Bodega Bay, CA 94923
Open DAILY 9am - 9pm

Spud Point Crab Company fresh caught crab

PHOTOS by John Hershey of John Hershey Photography


Crab fishermen aboard The legacy save whale trapped in crab pot lines

This week fishermen on the Legacy - one of the Spud Point Crab Company boats, were able to save a whale caught in crab pot lines. Pots are dropped down to the sea floor with lines up to floaters so they know how to find pots later. These lines don't cause problems for smaller fish, but for a whale the size of the one rescued, it could have been death. 

There was no time to call for help because the fishermen could see that the whale was injured and bleeding, which put the whale at rish=k for shark attack. They used boat hooks to grab the ropes then cut the whale loose line by line. The whale seemed to understand that they were helping as lines cut loose so turned in the water to show them more lines to cut until it was free.

Swimming around the boat, as if to say thank you, the whale recovered then took off. The men on board the Legacy felt grateful that they had been in the right lace at the right time to help this beautiful mammal. Clearly, they save its life. THANK YOU Ken Garliepp, Valentine Parnell and crew.