The Port of Newport’s fishing fleet has joined others up and down the Oregon Coast this season placing their crab pots in lucrative locations on the sea floor. And again, they were kept from setting sail to those locations due to changes in the ambient condition of sea water off the Oregon Coast.
Climate Change, an unanticipated by-product of the fossil fuel industry, has caused sea temperatures to rise thereby creating late-in-the-year algae growth whose life cycle produces domoic acid. Domoic acid, which is a deadly health hazard to human beings, accumulates in the crab meat and doesn’t begin to metabolize out of the crabs until late December or early January – hence the growing frequency of late starts to the crabbing season. There have been lawsuits filed against the fossil fuel industry as a result.
But again, crab fishermen have been given the green light now that domoic acid is no longer a health hazard for the rest of what’s left of this year’s crabbing season. But of course it’ll be back next year, caused by international indifference to carbon emissions by the world’s fossil fuel producers – China especially – in the pie-chart below – is among the worst. The graph also reveals that the situation is rather dire. Without international cooperation and coordination things can only get worse.