More crab grounds open in California

A 50-mile stretch of the commercial Dungeness crab fishery between Point Reyes in Marin County and Salt Point in Sonoma County that had been closed by state officials will open Saturday on the news of a drop in domoic acid levels, according to the California Department of Fish and Wildlife.

Fishing grounds north of Salt Point to the North Jetty of Humboldt Bay will remain closed due to continued high acid levels, officials said.

Domoic acid, produced in algae blooms, almost completely wiped out last year’s season and devastated the crab industry in California. From the blooms, the toxin travels up the food chain to fish, crabs and sea lions.

 

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Samuel Hill

Samuel Hill is associate editor for National Fisherman. He is a graduate of the University of Southern Maine where he got his start in journalism at the campus’ newspaper, the Free Press. He has also written for the Bangor Daily News, the Outline, Motherboard and other publications about technology and culture.

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