A massive toxic algae bloom off the West Coast is threatening to delay this year’s Dungeness crab season, the Chron reports.
Scientists are concerned about the neurotoxin domoic acid being present in this year’s crab harvest. If consumed by humans, domoic acid can cause memory loss, seizures, and even death.
The toxin also can’t be killed by boiling crabs in water.
The algae bloom is likely caused by extraordinarily high ocean temperatures.
Crab season is supposed to begin Nov. 7. For now it’s on hold. “Everything kind of is up in the air right now,” California Fish and Wildlife Department spokeswoman Jordan Traverso told the Press Democrat.