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Toxin Again Delays Start Of Oregon Dungeness Crab Season

Rachael McDonald

If you were hoping for Oregon crab on your Thanksgiving table, you’re out of luck. Officials have delayed the opening of the state’s Dungeness Crab Season due to high levels of domoic acid. The toxin is blamed on warm water and algae blooms.

December 1st is the traditional start date for the season in Oregon. Hugh Link is with the state’s Dungeness Crab Commission. He says they’re hoping the season can open by December 15th. Link says they’re testing crab on a regular basis.
Link: “And I think us doing the right thing by having an abundance of caution let’s the public know that when they do buy something it’s going to be safe.”
Last year, the season was delayed until early January because of domoic acid. But Link says crabbers brought in 14.1 million pounds of crab, and netted 51 million dollars despite the short season. He says that was the highest dollar value to Oregon crab fishermen on record. Oregonians can now find fresh crab from California in their fish markets.

Rachael McDonald is KLCC’s former News Director. 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. After reporting for the Northwest News Network and KAZU, Rachael returned to KLCC in 2007 as Morning Edition host and a general assignment reporter covering politics, the environment, education, and the arts. She was hired as KLCC News Director in 2018. Rachael departed KLCC in June, 2022.
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