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Shellfish Safety Notification: Rock Crab Health Advisory Lifted in Parts of Humboldt County

Date: May 23, 2019

Number: SN19-002

Contact: Corey Egel | 916.440.7259 | CDPH Marine Biotoxin Monitoring Program

The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) lifted the rock crab health advisory today due to recent tests showing that domoic acid has declined to low or undetectable levels in rock crabs caught in state waters near Cape Mendocino (Latitude 40° 30.00’ N in Humboldt County) north to the Humboldt Bay entrance at the north jetty, including all ocean waters of Humboldt Bay.

There have been no reported illnesses associated with this event and the rock crabs are safe to consume. 

The commercial rock crab fishery remains closed and a health advisory remains in effect for rock crab in all waters:
  • From the Mendocino/Humboldt County line (40° 00.00’ N. Lat.) to 40° 30.00’ N. Lat. (near Cape Mendocino, Humboldt County).
  • From the north jetty of the Humboldt Bay entrance (40° 46.15’ N. Lat.) to the California/Oregon border (42° 00.00’ N. Lat.).
CDPH will continue to coordinate efforts with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife and the fishing community to collect rock crab samples from the northern California coast.

You can get the most current information on shellfish advisories and quarantines by calling CDPH’s toll-free Shellfish Information Line at (800) 553-4133. For additional information, please visit the CDPH Marine Biotoxin Monitoring Web page or the CDPH Domoic Acid Web page.
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