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Crabs Arrive After Long-Delayed Season

The season was halted in November when samples of Dungeness crab off the coast was deemed unsafe to eat.

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    California's commercial crab season was delayed four months because the Dungeness crab off the coast was deemed unsafe to eat. Raj Mathai reports. (Published Wednesday, March 30, 2016)

    It's the latest-ever start of the California commercial crab season.

    The season was halted in November when samples of Dungeness crab off the coast was deemed unsafe to eat. Crabs were contaminated by domoic acid, a neurotoxin known to cause seizures, even death.

    "It's a big hit," fisherman Marc Alley said. "Everybody's going to come up $50,000, $100,000, $200,000 short this year."

    After two months of clean tests, Alley said the crab is in the clear.

    "They've had four extra months to get heavier and heavier and happier and happier," Alley said. "Really, really big ones are going to be just monster-size crabs."

    Alley said crabs this season will be two to three pounds. And for customers like Walter and Carolyn McCoy, the price for crab will be around $6 per pound.

    The McCoys are in the Bay Area visiting from Denver.

    "We don't want crab cakes," Carolyn McCoy said. "We want big pieces of Dungeness. We want to go home and have had the real thing."

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