The commercial Dungeness crab season is supposed to start on Tuesday in Oregon and parts of Washington. But concerns about marine toxins have pushed that opening back to at least the middle of the month.

On Monday, crab from Southern Oregon tested safe for human consumption – a positive sign for the state’s most valuable fishery.

A massive warm water algae bloom this summer flooded the Northwest coast with high levels of domoic acid, which can be deadly to humans if consumed. 

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