Worried about contamination of shellfish with a toxin that is potentially dangerous to humans, California officials on Friday put strict limits on commercial crabbing.
The state Department of Fish and Wildlife issued an emergency rule that delays the opening of the commercial Dungeness crab season, which was scheduled to open Nov. 15, and shuts the year-round commercial catches of rock crab.
A toxic bloom of algae along the coast is to blame.
“Crab is an important part of California’s culture and economy, and I did not make this decision lightly,” department Director Charlton H. Bonham said in a statement. “But doing everything we can to limit the risk to public...