High toxin level delays California crab season

Nov 5, 2015 1:36 PM by News Staff

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Wildlife authorities have delayed the Dungeness crab season and closed the rock crab fishery for most of California just days after warning of dangerous levels of a neurotoxin linked to a massive algae bloom off the West Coast.

The state Fish and Game Commission voted 3-0 Thursday on the Dungeness delay and the rock crab closure north of the Santa Barbara-Ventura county line. The panel said crabbing would resume when toxin levels dropped.

The recreational Dungeness season was scheduled to start Saturday and the commercial season was set for Nov. 15.

High levels of domoic acid have been found in crabs from the Oregon border to the southern Santa Barbara County line.

The toxin has affected shellfish and sickened or killed seabirds, seals, dolphins and whales throughout the region.

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