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Commercial Dungeness crab season to open on time south of Point Reyes


The long-anticipated commercial Dungeness crab season will open on time Nov. 15, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife announced Tuesday, at least from Point Reyes south.

Because of testing done by the California Department of Public Health showing lingering amounts of domoic acid in some crab samples collected on the North Coast, the fishery will remain closed from Point Reyes to the Sonoma/Mendocino County line, a strip of 60 miles of coast.

The area north of the Sonoma/Mendocino County border wasn’t due to open until Dec. 1. Last year’s commercial crab season was delayed by weeks or longer in parts of the state due to an unprecedented algal bloom that infected crabs with domoic acid up and down the California coast.

The recreational Dungeness crab season opened Nov. 5 with a warning to remove the viscera, or internal organs or butter, from crab before consuming them.

Tara Duggan is a San Francisco Chronicle staff writer. Email: tduggan@sfchronicle.com Twitter: @taraduggan

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