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Shellfish Advisories ​

Please see below for recent news releases announcing shellfish poisoning and quarantines. To receive updated information, call CDPH's toll-free "Shellfish Information Line" at (800) 553-4133. Test results are updated as laboratory results become available and can be viewed on the CDPH Domoic Acid webpage. For additional information visit CDPH's Domoic Acid webpage.

​CDPH Warns Consumers Not To Eat the Viscera of Crab Caught Near Bodega Bay and Russian River

November 1, 2018 - The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) is advising consumers not to consume the viscera (internal organs) of Dungeness crab caught near Bodega Head and Russian River in Sonoma County.

Sport-Harvested Mussel Quarantine Lifted along Most of California Coast

October 31, 2018 - California Department of Public Health (CDPH) Director and State Public Health Officer Dr. Karen Smith announced today the statewide annual quarantine on mussels gathered by sport harvesters from California’s ocean waters ends at midnight on Wednesday, October 31, 2018, for all coastal counties except for Del Norte and Humboldt counties. 

CDPH Warns Recreational Anglers Not to Eat Dungeness Crab Caught north of Patrick's Point

October 24, 2018 - The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) is advising recreational anglers not to eat Dungeness crab caught between Patrick's Point North and the Oregon border. 

CDPH Warns Consumers Not to Eat Sport-Harvested Bivalve Shellfish from Humboldt County

The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) is advising consumers not to eat recreationally harvested mussels, clams or whole scallops from Humboldt County. 

CDPH Warns Consumers Not to Eat Sport-Harvested Bivalve Shellfish from Del Norte County

The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) is advising consumers not to eat recreationally harvested mussels, clams or whole scallops from Del Norte County.

CDPH Lifts Warning about Certain Shellfish from Santa Barbara, Santa Cruz and Sonoma Counties

June 26, 2018 - The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) lifted health advisories today related to sport-harvested bivalve shellfish in Santa Barbara, Santa Cruz and Sonoma counties.

CDPH Lifts Warning about Certain Shellfish from Marin and Ventura Counties

June 4, 2018 - The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) lifted health advisories today related to sport-harvested bivalve shellfish in Marin and Ventura counties.

CDPH Lifts Warning about Certain Shellfish in Several Counties

May 25, 2018 - The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) lifted health advisories today related to sport-harvested bivalve shellfish in Alameda, Contra Costa, Monterey, San Francisco, and San Mateo counties.

CDPH Warns Consumers Not to Eat Sport-Harvested Bivalve Shellfish from Ventura County

May 4, 2018 – The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) is warning consumers not to eat recreationally harvested mussels, clams or whole scallops from Ventura County. Dangerous levels of paralytic shellfish poisoning (PSP) toxins have been detected in mussels from this area. The naturally occurring PSP toxins can cause illness or death in humans. Cooking does not destroy the toxin.

CDPH Warns Californians about the Risk of Norovirus Infections from Raw British Columbian Oysters

May 1, 2018 – The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) today warned consumers to avoid eating raw oysters harvested from south and central Baynes Sound, in British Columbia, Canada. The raw oysters are linked to an outbreak of norovirus illnesses.

Annual Quarantine of Sport-Harvested Mussels Begins May 1

April 30, 2018 - The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) today announced the annual quarantine of sport-harvested mussels gathered along the California coast.

CDPH Warns Consumers Not to Eat Sport-Harvested Bivalve Shellfish from Santa Barbara County

April 25, 2018 - The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) is warning consumers not to eat recreationally harvested mussels, clams or whole scallops from Santa Barbara County.

April 23, 2018 - The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) has lifted the health advisory for rock crab caught in state waters in all areas south of the Mendocino/Humboldt County line (Latitude 40° 00.00' N).

CDPH Lifts Warning about Mussels from San Luis Obispo County

April 11, 2018 - The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) today announced it is lifting the health advisory related to sport-harvested mussels, clams, and whole scallops in San Luis Obispo County.

CDPH Warns Consumers Not to Eat Sport-Harvested Bivalve Shellfish from Santa Cruz County

March 30, 2018 - The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) is warning consumers not to eat recreationally harvested mussels, clams or whole scallops from Santa Cruz County.

CDPH Lifts Rock Crab Health Advisory in Sonoma County

March 29, 2018 - The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) has lifted the health advisory for rock crab caught in state waters in all areas south of the Sonoma/Mendocino County line (Latitude 38° 46.1' N, near Gualala in Mendocino County).

The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) is advising consumers not to eat recreationally harvested mussels, clams or whole scallops from Alameda and Contra Costa counties.
March 7, 2018 - The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) is advising consumers not to eat recreationally harvested mussels, clams or whole scallops from San Francisco and San Mateo counties.
March 2, 2018 - The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) is advising consumers not to eat recreationally harvested mussels, clams or whole scallops from Marin County. 
February 1, 2018 - The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) is advising consumers not to eat recreationally harvested mussels, clams or whole scallops from Monterey County.  Dangerous levels of paralytic shellfish poisoning (PSP) toxins have been detected in mussels from this area. The naturally occurring PSP toxins can cause illness or death in humans. Cooking does not destroy the toxin.
January 31, 2018 - The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) is advising consumers not to eat recreationally harvested mussels, clams or whole scallops from San Luis Obispo County. Dangerous levels of paralytic shellfish poisoning (PSP) toxins have been detected in mussels from this region. The naturally occurring PSP toxins can cause illness or death in humans. Cooking does not destroy the toxin.

CDPH Lifts Lobster Health Advisory in Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties

January 26, 2018 - The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) is lifting the health advisory for lobsters caught in state waters around the north east end of Santa Cruz Island in Santa Barbara County and on the south side of Anacapa Island in Ventura County.

CDPH Lifts Warning about Mussels from Sonoma County

January 19, 2018 –The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) today announced it is lifting the health advisory related to sport-harvested mussels in Sonoma County. 

CDPH Lifts Rock Crab Health Advisory in Portions of Sonoma County

January 16, 2018 – The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) today lifted the health advisory for rock crabs caught in state waters in all areas south of Latitude 38° 34' N, near Salt Point in Sonoma County.

CDPH Lifts Lobster Health Advisory in Portions of Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties

January 3, 2018 - The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) is lifting the health advisory for lobsters caught in waters on the south side of Santa Cruz Island in Santa Barbara County, and the north side of Anacapa Island in Ventura County.



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