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Scott Parker

Don't know why but I get kind of obsessive about invertebrates around this time... Rarely am able to do more than toss out a crab snare or two but at the same time fanatically read anything I can get my hands on detailing clams, mussels, etc.

Any advice on how to prep turban snails?


Kirk, are you the reincarnation of Ed Ricketts (the inspiration for Doc in Steinbeck's Cannery Row)?

Nice to read about invertebrate marine life. It'll make for lively conversations at cocktail parties -- if I'm lucky enough to attend any crab or shrimp cocktail soirees during the holidays. I'm mostly interested in Metacarcinus magister (A.K.A. Cancer magister) this time of year. Where did they go yesterday? (That's a mostly rhetorical question.)

I was hoping to be as lucky as Saturday's crab fishermen, but I only caught one legal size Dungeness crab on my snare yesterday. The Sonoma coast was cold and windy. Even at low tide, the water seemed 10 feet higher than it had been in June. Meanwhile, my bait was barely touched. I only had 4 crabs on my line, one keeper, two that fell off and another that was smaller than my snare.

I told my fishing buddies that our recent poor angling performance is the result of the Giants' victory. (We agreed that it's well worth it, if even remotely true.)


Nice post. I thought red tides affects all sea creatures wherein nobody should eat anything that's from the sea. From your post, is it right to think that some seafood can be eaten safely even if there is red tide?

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