Edible Monterey Bay

Dungeness Crab Season Opens Tomorrow

November 14, 2017 – After two years of delays due to domoic acid, the local Dungeness crab season is set to open on schedule tomorrow—and there should be crab for Thanksgiving. H&H Fresh Fish at Santa Cruz harbor is inaugurating its new fish market as the crab season gets underway.

“The sport crab season has been great and they’ve had good fishing up in Washington, so we’re optimistic that it’s going to be a good season here,” says Heidi Rhodes, who manages the business with her partner Hans Haveman. 

Crabbers were out in force at the harbor today, getting their pots ready to set and buying bait. Meantime, Rhodes was busy putting the finishing touches on the new shop, located beneath Johnny’s Harborside restaurant at 493 Lake Ave.

“Hans and I have a lifetime collection of seafood decor and we’re working hard so that the shop will be ready this week,” says Heidi. “We hope to be local headquarters for crab season.”

H&H Fresh Fish—which sells sustainably caught local seafood at 19 farmers’ markets—will be open 10am to 6pm daily at the harbor location, selling live and cooked Dungeness crab beginning Friday. This year’s price has not yet been set.

In addition to crab, the new shop will stock all the shellfish needed to make cioppino, including mussels, clams, shrimp and fish. Local rockfish, sole, black cod and previously-frozen wild coho salmon are currently available.

Prepared tuna poke and ceviche made for the farmers’ markets will also be sold at the shop, along with sushi supplies like nori, sushi rice, wasabi and sashimi grade tuna.

Rhodes says they are planning a grand opening in April, at the start of salmon season and, eventually, hope to add a raw oyster bar at the fish shop.