Three U.S. states are forced to put their commercial crab seasons on hold after dangerous toxins were found in the crustacean

Saturday, November 21, 2015
By Paul Martin

Officials say elevated levels of domoic acid were found in crabs in Oregon, Washington and California
The massive bloom of algae caused by warming ocean conditions this year has led to more toxins produced and consumed by shellfish
It’s unclear how long the delays will last. Officials say they’re continuing to test crab samples
Dungeness crabs are a tradition at Thanksgiving. In 2014, the industry harvested nearly $170 million along the West Coast

DailyMail.com
21 November 2015

Oregon and Washington have joined California in delaying the start of their commercial crab seasons after dangerous toxin levels were found in the crabs.

Officials say elevated levels of domoic acid were found in crabs in all three states – a toxin naturally produced by microscopic algae in the Pacific Ocean.

But the massive bloom of algae caused by warming ocean conditions this year has led to more toxins produced and consumed by shellfish.

California had already delayed the November 15 start of its season after finding dangerous levels of the toxin.
Oregon on Friday delayed the December 1 start along its entire coast, after testing in recent weeks showed higher toxin levels in the southern half of the state.

Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife officials said delay of the season will allow completion of additional testing to make sure toxin levels are safe.

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