Crab boats from California to Alaska are waiting to learn when the area’s most lucrative fishing season can get underway – Dungeness crab.
The eastern Pacific has been hit with a ‘one-two-three punch’ by El Nino, warmer water and a mega-algae bloom stretching from California all the way north to Anchorage. The blooms have triggered the release of a highly toxic bacteria that threatens the entire crab season which normally starts in Oregon around December 1st
Crab boats under contract with Oregon Fish and Wildlife have gathered up Dungeness crab from the sea floor off the Oregon Coast and have submitted them to ODFW laboratories to determine the level of toxicity in them. And everyone’s anxiously awaiting the test results.
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