Update – 12/1/2015 The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) reminds all recreational crabbers and commercial Dungeness crab fishers that the California Dungeness crab fisheries remain closed due to continued high levels of the neurotoxin domoic acid, found in crab samples from California ports.
The rock crab commercial and recreational fisheries north of the Santa Barbara-Ventura county line also remain closed at this time.
Crab collected from various ports along the coast from Crescent City to Santa Barbara continue to test high for domoic acid. As a result, the California Department of Public Health has not yet determined that crab are safe to eat.
The latest domoic acid crab test results are posted on the California Department of Public Health website.
For the current status of California crab fisheries, call (831) 649-2883, CDFW’s Dungeness crab and rock crab fishery information hotline. The hotline is updated weekly by 1pm on Wednesday or as soon as new information becomes available.
For further information, please visit the CDFW website.
Post by Christy Juhasz, CDFW Marine Environmental Scientist