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More Testing Will Be Done On Oregon's Dungeness Crab

WA Fish & Wildlife

Oregon's Dungeness crab season usually opens December first. A toxin has been found in some crab in southern Oregon and it's uncertain if the season will be delayed.

Hugh Link is with Oregon's Dungeness Crab Commission. He says domoic acid has delayed California's season. It's caused by algae blooms in the ocean. The toxin was found in tests done in Oregon this weekend.

Link: "Brookings, Port Orford and Coos Bay were areas where we found elevated levels of domoic acid in the crab. We're continuing testing. As soon as we can get boats out. The weather's not cooperating with us right now."

Link says another test should be done by Friday. Recreational and commercial bay crab fishing is closed from Heceta Head south. Dungeness crab is normally the single most valuable species fishery in Oregon. Last year, it brought in about $66 million of income to the coastal economy. Link says if you find crab in the store it's tested and safe.

Rachael McDonald is KLCC’s host for All Things Considered on weekday afternoons. She also is the editor of the KLCC Extra, the daily digital newspaper. Rachael has a BA in English from the University of Oregon. She started out in public radio as a newsroom volunteer at KLCC in 2000.
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