Fisherman Tim Obert (center)
Fisherman Tim Obert (center) at Monday’s meeting of crab permit-holders.
(Kevin Painchaud / Lookout Santa Cruz)
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Morning Lookout: Crab delays hammer local fishermen; Gilman Brewing’s inviting new spot

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With the opening of crab fishing season still on hold, it’s local fishermen who are bearing the brunt as they’re unable to pursue the lucrative crustaceans, Lily Belli reports. Some are facing the prospect of months away from family as they move north to waters where the season has begun, but they’re hopeful a compromise will bear fruit.

And that’s not all from Lily — in her latest Lily Belli on Food newsletter (which you should subscribe to here if you’re not already), she’s got a sampling of Gilman Brewing’s new digs on Soquel Avenue, a look at the bug behind skyrocketing lettuce prices and an award-winning local olive oil.

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OK, now about those headlines ...

Delayed crab season weighs heavily on Central Coast fishermen

Empty crab pots are stacked Santa Cruz harbor. The Dungeness crab season has been on hold to protect migrating whales.
(Kevin Painchaud / Lookout Santa Cruz)

The Dungeness crab fishing season between Thanksgiving and New Year’s is the most lucrative for many fishermen, but consistent delays due to migrating humpback whales are causing a substantial financial toll that’s trickling down through the fishing industry. Lily Belli reports.

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Sampling Gilman’s fare, skyrocketing lettuce prices & Watsonville’s gold-medal olive oil

From left to right: Sean Wells, Gavin Braid and Adam Colburn of Gilman Brewing.
(Kevin Painchaud / Lookout Santa Cruz)

From a burger and beers in Midtown to the plant pathogen that’s devastated the lettuce crop in the Salinas Valley and more love for a Santa Cruz County product, Lily has another update from our local food scene. Find it here.

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