Toxic algae puts Dungeness seasons in limbo

It’s an unsettled market going into what should be the launch of the Dungeness crab season in states on the West Coast.

The presence of domoic acid in crab, caused by a toxic algae bloom in the warmer-than-usual water off the California coast, delayed the start of the season there, while testing of crab in Oregon and Washington continued in advance of a possible 1 December opening.

Hugh Link, executive director of the Oregon Dungeness Crab Commission, said the state-supervised price negotiat…

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