California Officials Delay Recreational Dungeness Crab Season

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The California Fish and Game Commission voted Thursday to postpone the recreational Dungeness crab fishing season off the coast of San Francisco due to high levels of toxins found in the crustaceans. Officials say the toxins found in tested crabs pose a significant health risk, causing vomiting and diarrhea and even memory loss or death in severe cases. A decision on whether to close commercial crab fishing is expected within a week. We'll discuss the problem, which stems from red algae bloom in the ocean.


Jim Anderson, Half Moon Bay commercial fisherman on the Dungeness Crab Task Force

Craig Shuman, marine regional manager, California Department of Fish and Wildlife