Climate Change Crimps Crab Season On West Coast

Jan 20, 2017

It's becoming a regular part of the Dungeness crab season on the West Coast: waiting for domoic acid levels to drop into safe ranges. 

Credit Jon Sullivan

When they're up, the crab fishery is closed to protect human health.  It's open now, after a delay.

Oregon State researcher Morgaine McKibben looked into the ocean conditions that appear to contribute to the rise in domoic acid, which is a neurotoxin. 

The work McKibben and five other researchers produced is published in a scientific journal

McKibben joins us to talk crabs and razor clams and ocean conditions.  

 

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