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Crab Season Kicks Off Sunday On North Coast

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Crab fishermen take a break from loading crab traps onto their boat at Fisherman's Wharf in San Francisco. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Crab fishermen take a break from loading crab traps onto their boat at Fisherman’s Wharf in San Francisco. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

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EUREKA (CBS/AP) — Commercial fishermen on the North Coast of California were getting ready for the start of Dungeness crab season.

The season is scheduled to kick off on Sunday and not be delayed as in previous years. The crab season off the Central California coast has already begun.

State officials tell the newspaper they are expecting an average or below-average year in the number of crabs after several good years statewide.

Crab fishermen are operating under a new law this year that limits the number of traps they can set. The idea is to help smaller, local fishermen compete with larger boats.

(Copyright 2013 by CBS San Francisco and Bay City News Service. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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