BREAKING: California’s Dungeness crab season delayed yet again, this time until Dec. 30

Crab lovers, it’s looking like a late — and short — Dungeness season.

California Fish and Wildlife officials on Wednesday evening announced another postponement in the commercial Dungeness crab season for the entire state coast — the third delay this season.

There are two geographically based reasons behind the decision:

From the Sonoma/Mendocino County line south to the Mexican border, a risk assessment undertaken Wednesday determined there is still a high concentration of migrating whales that could get tangled in fishing gear. It’s the fourth consecutive year of delays to protect the humpbacks.

On the far north coast, whales have moved south from Mendocino, Humboldt and Del Norte counties, but

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