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Domoic Acid Continues To Delay Oregon’s Crab Season

WA Fish

Oregon crab fishers are ready to go out in the water but the latest tests have shown toxin levels in the crustaceans off the south coast that are still a cause for concern. The state has continued its delay of the commercial Dungeness crab season coast wide. 

Credit WA Fish & Wildlife

Domoic acid is a toxin caused by an algae bloom that’s affecting the west coast.

Kelly Corbett is commercial crab project manager with the state Department of Fish & Wildlife. She says the industry places a high priority on consumer safety.

“So, we’re actively trying to get boats out on the water to retest all of our southern ports and once those tests are underway we’ll be able to plan discussions on how to open the fishery.”

Corbett says the testing could take place this weekend once the stormy weather lets up. They’ll likely have results next week. California has delayed its commercial Dungeness crab season. The crab season is underway on Washington’s north coast. The fresh crab in local fish markets is from Washington state.


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Rachael McDonald is KLCC's All Things Considered host. She also reports on a variety of topics including local government, education, and breaking news.