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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 Lifts Warning about Dungeness Crab in Parts of Humboldt County

December 10, 2019 - The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) has lifted the shellfish safety notification for Dungeness crab caught in state waters from Shelter Cove (40° 01′ N. Latitude) to Point Arena (38° 57.5′ N. Latitude) in Humboldt County.

Dungeness Crab Health Advisory Lifted in Parts of Marin County

November 22, 2019 - The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) lifted the health advisory for Dungeness crab caught in state waters from Point Reyes (38° 0’.00” N. Latitude) to Pillar Point (37° 30.000' N. Latitude). 

​CDPH Lifts Warnings about Certain Shellfish from Humboldt County

November 19, 2019 - The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) has lifted the shellfish safety notification today related to sport-harvested mussels, whole scallops, and clams (other than razor clams) in Humboldt County. 

Shellfish Safety Notification: Consumers Warned not to eat the Viscera of Dungeness Crab

November 1, 2019 - Due to the detection of elevated levels of domoic acid, a naturally occurring toxin, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) is warning consumers not to eat the viscera (internal organs) of Dungeness crab caught in coastal waters.

​Sport-Harvested Mussel Quarantine Lifted Along Most of the California Coast

October 31, 2019 - The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) announced today the statewide annual quarantine on mussels gathered by sport harvesters from California's ocean waters ends at midnight on Thursday, October 31, 2019, for all coastal counties except for Humboldt and Mendocino counties.

​Shellfish Safety Notification: Sport-Harvested Bivalve Shellfish from Humboldt and Mendocino Counties 

October 15, 2019 - Dangerous levels of domoic acid have been detected in mussels from Humboldt and Mendocino Counties. 

​Shellfish Safety Notification: Sport-Harvested Bivalve Shellfish from Sonoma County

September 4, 2019 - Dangerous levels of paralytic shellfish poisoning (PSP) toxins have been detected in mussels from Sonoma County. 

​CDPH Lifts Warnings about Certain Shellfish from San Luis Obispo County - The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) has lifted the June 7, 2019 shellfish safety notification today related to sport-harvested whole scallops and all clams in San Luis Obispo County. 

​Shellfish Notification Lifted for Certain Shellfish from Sonoma, Marin, and Santa Barbara Counties

July 23, 2019 - The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) lifted shellfish safety notifications today related to sport-harvested whole scallops and all clams in SonomaMarin, and Santa Barbara counties. 

​Shellfish Safety Notification: Sport-Harvested Bivalve Shellfish from Sonoma County

June 27, 2019 - Dangerous levels of paralytic shellfish poisoning (PSP) toxins have been detected in mussels from Sonoma County. The naturally occurring PSP toxins can cause illness or death in humans. Cooking does not destroy the toxin.

​Shellfish Safety Notification: Sport-Harvested Bivalve Shellfish from Marin County

June 21, 2019 - Dangerous levels of paralytic shellfish poisoning (PSP) toxins have been detected in mussels from Marin County. The naturally occurring PSP toxins can cause illness or death in humans. Cooking does not destroy the toxin. 

​Shellfish Safety Notification: Sport-Harvested Bivalve Shellfish from San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara Counties

June 7, 2019 - Dangerous levels of paralytic shellfish poisoning (PSP) toxins have been detected in mussels from San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara counties.

Shellfish Safety Notification: Sport-Harvested Bivalve Notification Lifted for Santa Cruz County

May 28, 2019 - The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) lifted the Shellfish Safety Notification today related to sport-harvested whole scallops and all clams in Santa Cruz County.

Shellfish Safety Notification: Rock Crab Health Advisory Lifted in Parts of Humboldt County
May 23, 2019 - 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.

Shellfish Safety Notification: Sport-Harvested Bivalve Shellfish from Santa Cruz County
May 10, 2019 - Dangerous levels of paralytic shellfish poisoning (PSP) toxins have been detected in mussels from Santa Cruz County. The naturally occurring PSP toxins can cause illness or death in humans. Cooking does not destroy the toxin.

CDPH Warns Consumers not to Eat Raw Oysters from Baja California Sur, Mexico
May 3, 2019 - The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) today recommended that consumers avoid eating raw oysters harvested from Estero El Cardon in Baja California Sur, Mexico, because they are linked to an outbreak of gastrointestinal illnesses in California.

​Annual Quarantine of Sport-Harvested Mussels Begins May 1

April 29, 2019 - The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) today announced the annual quarantine of sport-harvested mussels gathered along the California coast.

​CDPH Lifts Dungeness Crab Health Advisory Near Bodega Bay and Russian River
December 3, 2018 - The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) has lifted the health advisory for Dungeness crabs caught in state waters near Bodega Head and Russian River in Sonoma County. 

CDPH Lifts Lobster Health Advisory in Ventura County

November 19, 2018 - The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) is lifting the health advisory for lobsters caught in state waters around Anacapa Island in Ventura County

CDPH Lifts Warning about Certain Bivalve Shellfish from Del Norte and Humboldt Counties

November 19, 2018 - The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) lifted health advisories today related to sport-harvested mussels, whole scallops, and clams (other than razor clams) in Del Norte and Humboldt counties.

​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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