Crab Season at the Port

Crab season has arrived, and there are plenty of ways at the Port of San Francisco to get your hands on one of the Bay Area's most treasured delicacies. 

For more than 100 years, Fisherman’s Wharf has been a working commercial fishing hub. Today, San Francisco maintains the largest fishing center along the California coast, and the commercial fishing industry has been centered at Pier 45, the northernmost historic pier in the Embarcadero Historic District.  


Off the Boat Sales

Updated Crab sales location map 1-20-22

Purchase fresh live crab direct from local fishers at Fisherman's Wharf! All fish and crab sold under this permit are to be sold whole (uncooked, whole fish, gilled and gutted only) and in accordance with all Health Code regulations. All fish and crab sales must occur from the vessel.

Individual fishers are using the Fish Line mobile app to provide details about when and where they will be open to the public for crab sales. Additionally, information will be available on the San Francisco Off the Boat Sales Facebook page and their Instagram page

Parking is extremely limited. Do not use the Scoma's restaurant parking. There are parking structures and street parking available. Visit Getting Around for transit options.

Permitted vessels for crab sales (as of 1/20/22) view a larger map

  • F/V Active 2
  • F/V Plumeria
  • F/V Arianna Rose
  • F/V Willania
  • F/V Pacific Legend
  • F/V Nicki J-II
  • F/V Kvins
  • F/V BiteMe

Like your crab already cooked? If you want fresh crab that already cooked and ready to eat, enjoy a meal at one of the many restaurants at Fisherman's Wharf! Find a map of restaurants on the waterfront.


Sport Fishing Excursions

Want a more hands-on crab experience? Head onto the bay for a sport fishing expedition. Sport fishing charters can accommodate individuals and groups for crab hauls. Limits apply. Find an available sport fishing charters at the inner lagoon on Jefferson Street.