California crab season to open Nov. 5

Imported Dungeness crabs are displayed for sale at Fisherman's Wharf, Thursday, Nov. 5, 2015, in San Francisco. Wildlife authorities delayed the local Dungeness crab season and closed the rock crab fishery for most of California on Thursday, just days after warning of dangerous levels of a neurotoxin linked to a massive algae bloom off the coast. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)
Imported Dungeness crabs are displayed for sale at Fisherman's Wharf, Thursday, Nov. 5, 2015, in San Francisco. Wildlife authorities delayed the local Dungeness crab season and closed the rock crab fishery for most of California on Thursday, just days after warning of dangerous levels of a neurotoxin linked to a massive algae bloom off the coast. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — California residents hoping to catch and eat their own Dungeness crab this season can rejoice as the state has set a date for recreational crab season to open.

The San Francisco Chronicle reports (http://bit.ly/2eDdKg6 ) that the California Department of Fish and Wildlife has declared Nov. 5 the beginning of Dungeness crab season. Commercial crabbing season is expected to open Nov. 15.

Last year, the Dungeness crab season was delayed for months by elevated levels of domoic acid, meaning local crab stayed off many Thanksgiving tables.

Domoic acid levels have lowered to acceptable health levels, though the California Department of Health has issued a warning against eating the internal organs of crab caught north of Point Reyes.

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