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Commercial crab season begins in time for Thanksgiving, Christmas after last year’s delay

Sacramento Bee staff

Video: Toxic Dungeness crab prompt health warnings

A massive coastal algae bloom fueled by El Niño has prompted a warning of potentially fatal toxins in California crab meat and could delay the start of Dungeness crab-fishing season indefinitely.
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A massive coastal algae bloom fueled by El Niño has prompted a warning of potentially fatal toxins in California crab meat and could delay the start of Dungeness crab-fishing season indefinitely.

The commercial Dungeness crab season opened on Tuesday, and the industry is expected to see more profit this year.

Last year, the Dungeness crab season was delayed for months by elevated levels of domoic acid, meaning local crab stayed off many Thanksgiving tables.

Fisherman’s Wharf vendors told KPIX 5 they expect to sell the crab at about $8 per pound.

“Starting tonight at midnight, it’s game time,” Moss Landing crab fisherman Frank Cunningham told KSBW 8.

Good news for lovers of California’s Dungeness crab

KPIX 5 has more in this video report:

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