Both recreational and commercial crabbing once again allowed off Washington’s northern coast.
Crabbing off the coast of Washington’s northern coast has once again been reopened to both recreational and commercial users after toxins produced from marine algae made the crabs unsafe to eat.
The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife deemed the areas from Point Chehalis to the Queets River crabs safe after a recent study showed toxin levels had dropped.
Washington’s southern coast from Point Chehalis to the Columbia River will remain closed until further notice.
The demoic acid the marine algae in some parts of the area can possibly be harmful or lethal if consumed in large enough quantities. Boiling, cooking, nor freezing are capable of neutralizing the toxin.