Oregon Crabbing Restricted After Toxin Discovered

OREGON– Recreational and commercial bay crabbing has been closed along the Oregon coast from Heceta Head to the California border, due to elevated levels of domoic acid.

The Oregon Department of Agriculture says this includes all beaches and all bays. Domoic acid is a neurotoxin that can cause dizziness, headaches, vomiting, diarrhea, memory loss and death in high doses.  

The closure comes after reports that California has delayed its start of its commercial crab season after finding dangerous levels of the toxin in crabs.

Crab harvesting from Heceta Head north to the Columbia River remains open, but crabbers are advised to remove and discard the internal organs and gills before cooking. Crab sold in retail markets and restaurants remains safe for consumers.

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