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Latest Information on California Crab Fishery Closures and Testing for Domoic Acid


Dungeness crab

Update – January 29, 2015  Crab testing was scheduled to occur on a weekly basis beginning Jan. 1, 2016, as domoic acid levels have declined. However, testing for domoic acid in Dungeness crab has been sporadic due to winter weather and storms preventing fishing vessels from going out of their respective ports to collect crab for testing. Continue reading

Update: California Crab Fishery Closures Continue

rock crab

2014 rock crab, Santa Barbara County


Update – 12/31/2015 Commercial and Recreational Rock Crab and Recreational Dungeness Crab Fisheries Open in Southern Portion of the State

Update – 12/18/2015  Results from the latest crab tests conducted by the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) continue to show that some areas in the Santa Barbara fishing grounds contain crab that exceed the alert level (greater than 30 parts per million) for the neurotoxin, domoic acid. At this time, the commercial and recreational fisheries for Dungeness crab and rock crab north of the Santa Barbara-Ventura county line remain closed, as well as state waters around Santa Cruz, Santa Rosa, and San Miguel islands in the northern Channel Islands archipelago.

This week, crab samples were collected between Santa Barbara and Crescent City. Continue reading

Draft 2015 Master Plan for Marine Protected Areas Now Available Online

Master Plan coverThe California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) is pleased to announce that the draft, updated 2015 Master Plan for Marine Protected Areas (Master Plan) is now available on the CDFW website. Public comment is being accepted on the updated plan through the California Fish and Game Commission (Commission) until Jan. 28, 2016.

CDFW will present the Master Plan to the Commission at their Dec. 9-10, 2015 meeting in San Diego. A discussion hearing is anticipated at the Commission’s February 2016 meeting, followed by possible adoption at the April 2016 meeting. Continue reading

California Crab Sampling Effort for Domoic Acid Testing Continues


Dungeness crab

Update – 11/17/2015  The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) continues to coordinate with the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) and fishermen to collect another set of crab samples from all major ports in California to determine whether levels of the neurotoxin domoic acid in crabs is in decline. Continue reading

Possible Delay of Nov. 7, 2015 Recreational Dungeness Crab Season Opener

Update 11/5/2015:

Commission Delays Opener of Recreational Dungeness Crab Season and Closes Northern Part of Recreational California Rock Crab Fishery (11/5/2015)

Emergency Crab Closure Recommended, Commission to Meet Thursday CDFW press release 11/4/2015

CDPH Issues Warning About Dungeness and Rock Crab Caught in Waters Along the Central and Northern California Coast CDPH press release 11/3/2015

Memorandum: Domoic Acid Threat to Public Health OEHHA Memorandum 11/3/2015

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) is cooperating with other state agencies in the collection and testing of Dungeness crab for domoic acid, a naturally occurring toxin produced by microscopic marine algae, to determine if eating sport-caught crab will be safe for the public when the season opens. Serious consideration is being given to delaying the recreational fishery opener on Nov. 7, 2015, but no decision has yet been made. CDFW will issue a press release immediately with more information, once a decision has been made. Continue reading