The commercial Dungeness season for ports south of Mendocino County will open Wednesday but domoic acid continues to be a concern for the recreational crab fishery in Crescent City.
The California Department of Public Health warned recreational anglers last week not to consume the internal organs of Dungeness crab caught between the mouth of the Klamath River and the Oregon border due to unsafe levels of domoic acid. CDPH also warned recreational anglers not to consume the internal organs of crab caught north of Laguna Point in Mendocino County to the Humboldt Bay North Jetty.
The recreational fishery opened Nov. 4.
Crab with domoic acid levels above the federal action level of 30 parts per million were tested near Crescent City on Sept. 28 and Oct. 13, according to a CDPH Summary of Domoic Acid Levels in Crabs.
The commercial Dungeness fishery north of the Sonoma-Mendocino county line, including Crescent City’s, is scheduled to open Dec. 1. This opening is conditional upon pre-season crab quality testing, according to the California Department of Fish and Wildlife.