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Q: What are the regulations for traps used for commercial rock crab north of point lopez north of California

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James L. Arrasmith
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A: Commercial rock crab trapping regulations in California vary depending on the location and the type of gear being used.

North of Point Lopez, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) regulates commercial rock crab trapping under the authority of the California Code of Regulations, Title 14, Section 29.80.

According to the CDFW, commercial rock crab traps must have a maximum size of 2 feet by 2 feet by 2 feet, and must have an escape ring with a minimum diameter of 4 3/4 inches. Traps must be constructed with biodegradable panels to allow for escape of captured crabs in the event that the trap is lost or abandoned.

In addition to gear requirements, there are also regulations regarding the season, size, and bag limits for rock crab. These regulations may vary from year to year and are subject to change based on the health and abundance of the rock crab population.

It is important for commercial rock crab fishermen to obtain the necessary permits and licenses from the CDFW and to comply with all applicable regulations in order to avoid penalties and fines.

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