More Bad News For Dungeness Crab Lovers: Oregon and Washington Delay Harvests

November 22, 2015

A massive algae bloom continues to wreak havoc on the West Coast’s crabbing season.

West Coast crabbers can’t seem to catch a break. The 2015 California Dungeness crab ban has now spread up the coast to Oregon and Washington where the state Departments of Fish and Wildlife have delayed the December 1 season opening. According The Seattle Times, recent tests detected dangerous levels of domoic acid in crabs, a toxin produced by microscopic algae. Areas in and around Grays Harbor, Washington are still testing at safe levels.

Warmer waters off the coast this year have caused the naturally occurring algae…