State officials have announced the closure of commercial and recreational crabbing along the Oregon Coast from the California border to Cape Blanco after high levels of domoic acid were found.
The Oregon Department of Agriculture and Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife say the ban includes the harvest of Dungeness and red rock crab in bays and estuaries, off docks, piers and jetties.
The toxin can cause minor to severe illness and even death. Severe poisoning can result in dizziness, headaches, vomiting and diarrhea.
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Crab and shellfish products sold in retail markets and restaurants remain safe to eat, officials said.
Crabbing remains open from Cape Blanco to the Columbia River in bays, estuaries, beaches and docks. The recreational crabbing season in the ocean closed Oct. 15.
Before heading out, people are advised to check for the latest closure information by calling the ODA’s shellfish safety hotline at 800-448-2474 or check the website at https://www.oregon.gov/ODA/programs/FoodSafety/Shellfish/Pages/ShellfishClosures.aspx