Feeling crabby about the season, or should we say the non-season? On November 6, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) made an emergency ruling to delay indefinitely the commercial crab season due to high levels of domoic acid, a neurotoxin, found in crabs along the Central and Northern California coast. It’s unfortunate for eaters, and especially for fisherman who are already suffering from a poor fishing season.
The crabs aren't too excited about it either.
In response, the inaugural Half Moon Bay Crab Fest, planned for January 30-31, 2016, has shifted its focus for 2016 to be reborn as SOS Seafood Fest: Sustaining Our Seas, to be held Saturday, January 30, 2016. It will include a symposium on ocean warming and sustainability, the seafood chain, and the role of the restaurant industry and food-serving community in helping to shape the future of local seafood.
The event is in Princeton-By-The-Sea, north of Half Moon Bay. Food trucks, local wines, small batch craft beers and unique SOS special cocktails will be on hand. It's music, ocean-inspired arts and crafts, booths by local surf and watersports businesses, plus ocean advocacy groups with information on marine life, fisheries and sustainability. Kids flip out at Fintastic Funzone. I teach Cook While Boogie Boarding on the side beach.
Swimmingly fun I d say!
So let's rally for the sea and learn more about her, and our local harbor.
Mark your calendars now.
SOS Seafood Fest: Sustaining Our Seas
Saturday, January 30, 2016
10 am to 5 pm
This event benefits Mavericks Coastside Foundation, the Cabrillo Education Foundation (CEF) and local organizations working to preserve the coast and its marine life.
Sponsors include: Half Moon Bay Brewing Company, Mavericks Brewing Company, Miramar Events, Google, Bon Appetit Catering, Edible Silicon Valley Magazine, Oceano Hotel & Spa, Half Moon Bay Distillery, Half Moon Bay Coastside Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau, and San Mateo County/Silicon Valley Convention & Visitors Bureau.
The sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in its net of wonder forever.
-Jacques Yves Cousteau