Monterey County

Shellfish warning issued for Central Coast

New warning on shellfish caught in Monterey Bay

MONTEREY BAY, Calif. - The California Department of Public Health is warning people not to eat shellfish caught along the Central Coast because of dangerous levels of domoic acid recently found in test samples.

The warning, issued Friday is in effect for rock crabs caught in Half Moon Bay and bivalve shellfish (clams, oysters, mussels, scallops) and rock crabs caught in Monterey Bay.

Symptoms of mild domoic acid poisoning include vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal cramps, headache and dizziness, which can happen 30 minutes to 24 hours after eating toxic seafood, according to the CDPH.

The advisory is issued for seafood caught recreationally or commercially. 

The warning comes just a few months after the 2015-16 dungeness crab season was delayed.

Earlier in August, state lawmakers discussed the impact of that closure, saying that lower levels of domoic acid detected so far could mean a better outlook for the 2016-17 season.

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