Commercial crab season for chunks of coast to stay closed – SFGate

 In Health

A stretch of Northern California coast will remain closed to commercial Dungeness crab fishing, health officials said this week, indefinitely pushing back the season’s start because of high levels of a biotoxin found in the crustaceans there.

The state Department of Fish and Wildlife said the 120-mile fishery between Point Reyes and Humboldt Bay — scheduled to open for commercial crabbing Dec. 1 — will remain closed due to dangerous amounts of domoic acid. Commercial crab fishing for most of the Bay Area, which opened Nov. 15, is not affected by the ruling.

Without commercial crabbing allowed on much of the Northern California coastline, Dungeness supply elsewhere may face a squeeze, and consumers could see a slight price increase for the holidays.

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