Oregon and Washington fisheries managers announced Monday that commercial crab season will open Jan. 4.
That’s about a month later than it was scheduled to start. High levels of domoic acid in the Pacific Ocean had delayed the season.
Scientists suspect a lingering patch of warm water led to high levels of the toxin.
Kelly Corbett of the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife says the state has been testing sites along the coast on a weekly basis.
“All areas that were tested for a third time in a row have all trended downward,” Corbett said.