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The California Fish and Game Commission voted on Thursday to delay the opening of crab season because of a potentially deadly domoic acid found in Dungeness crabs.
The decision was made at a hearing in Sacramento. No date has been set for the start of crab season.
Sport crabbing was supposed to begin this coming Saturday and commercial crabbing was set to start November 15th.
Many fishermen depend on these winter months for the majority of their yearly income.
Crabs can pick up domoic acid from algae blooms.
The health effects of eating the toxic crab varies. On the mild side, toxic crabs can cause vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal cramps, and headache for people that eat them. But, severe poisoning can kill a person, which is why health officials are taking this seriously.
originally posted by: Revolution9
a reply to: Vasa Croe
I did not realise that algae could make the crab that toxic.
Is it a natural phenomenon I wonder or is human activity causing or exasperating this, such as global warming?