CRESCENT CITY, Calif. (AP) -- North Coast fisherman are reporting a strong start to the Dungeness crab season.

The commercial crab fishing season opened Tuesday, and fishermen are already saying this year's catch is larger and more bountiful than it has been in recent years.

Nor Cal Seafood Inc. Supervisor Kevin Wilson says the average crabs landed are 2 pounds each, up from an average of 1.8 pounds last year.

Wilson says the fishing boats returning to shore Tuesday were overflowing with fresh crustaceans.

California Department of Fish and Game says the Dungeness crab fishery is cyclical, and after a few down years it is time for an upswing in crab populations.

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Information from: The Daily Triplicate - Del Norte

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