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Will crab season be canceled?

ML8000 | Nov 3, 201508:21 PM

Do you think crab season in the Bay Area will be closed due to the warm water and domoic acid?

"Do not, repeat, not, eat crab caught along much of the California coast — that is the stunning message issued Tuesday by health officials just days before Saturday’s start of the crab season.

The California Department of Public Health is warning that potentially deadly levels of domoic acid have been found in Dungeness crab and rock crab caught along the coastline between Oregon and the southern Santa Barbara County line.

On the mild side, the toxic crabs can cause vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal cramps, headache and dizziness in people who eat them, according to public health officials who say the symptoms take several days to disappear.

But severe poisoning can kill a victim, officials report. Short of that, the poisoning can also lead to permanent short-term memory loss, coma, seizures, and other frightening symptoms."

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