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Toxin Delays Start of Oregon's Dungeness Crab Season

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Oregon officials have decided to delay the start of commercial crab season after dangerous toxin levels were found in crabs. Oregon and Washington are joining California which had already delayed the November 15th start of its season.

Officials say elevated levels of domoic acid were found in crabs in all three states. It's produced by a massive bloom of microscopic algae that's caused by warming ocean conditions.
Oregon on Friday delayed the December 1 start along the entire coast, and Washington officials delayed the season start for the central coast.
Dungeness crabs are popular at Thanksgiving and other holiday meals. In 2014, the industry harvested nearly $170 million worth of dungeness crab.
Officials say crabs sold in stores and restaurants remain safe to eat.
 

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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