In order to prevent whale entanglements, local crab fishermen team up to find lost crab pots

By David Schmalz | Monterey County Weekly

October 12, 2017

It’s just after 5:30am in early August when Calder Deyerle, 30, motors his small fishing boat out of Moss Landing Harbor. Aside from a few streetlights reflecting on the water, and a faint glow on the eastern horizon, the harbor is blanketed in darkness.

Deyerle is a Moss Landing native and second-generation fisherman, and currently runs a one-man fishing operation that helps supply the Sea Harvest markets in Carmel and Monterey (which his parents own), and Real Good Fish, a Moss Landing-based, community-supported fishery that specializes in locally caught sustainable seafood.

But today, Deyerle is not fishing: He is out to collect lost or abandoned crab gear, which can entangle and kill whales. Today’s mission is part of a partnership that he and a few other local fishermen formed earlier this year with Monterey Bay Fisheries Trust, a Monterey-based nonprofit with the mission to “advance the social, economic and environmental sustainability of Monterey Bay fisheries.”

Sherry Flumerfelt