- Associated Press - Friday, December 4, 2015

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - California lawmakers, scientists and crabbers met to discuss the continued delay of the rock crab fishing season, though recent samples indicate the situation is improving.

The San Francisco Chronicle reports (http://sfg.ly/1NuYGyS ) that at a legislative hearing by the Joint Committee on Fisheries and Aquaculture in Santa Rosa on Thursday officials discussed the financial, health and ocean impacts caused by the shutdown.

Officials found elevated levels of domoic acid in crabs las month. The toxin is produced by a massive bloom of microscopic algae that’s caused by warming ocean conditions.

Recent crab samples show the situation is improving, with acid levels in Half Moon Bay, San Francisco and Morro Bay coming out clean. The health advisory cannot be lifted until all samples from the entire region show safe levels for two weeks in a row.

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Information from: San Francisco Chronicle, http://www.sfgate.com

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