Recreational Dungeness Crab and Rock Crab Fisheries Emergencies Rulemaking


SCH Number
Public Agency
California Fish and Game Commission (CDFGC)
Document Title
Recreational Dungeness Crab and Rock Crab Fisheries Emergencies Rulemaking
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption

Document Description
Emergency action under the Administrative Procedure Act (APA) and Fish and Game Code Section 240 to amend California Code of Regulations, Title 14, Section 29.85 to avoid serious harm to the public health, safety, and general welfare of the people of California.

Contact Information
Caren Woodson
California Department of Fish and Wildlife Commission
Lead/Public Agency
1416 Ninth Street, Room 1320
Sacramento, CA 95814

Phone : (916) 653-4899


Other Location Info
Ocean waters, including bays and estuaries, north of the Ventura/Santa Barbara county line

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Emergency Project
Type, Section or Code
21080(b)(4); 15269(b)(c)
Reasons for Exemption
This emergency rulemaking is an action properly subject to the statutory exemption for emergencies. A massive toxic bloom of Pseudo-nitzchia is currently impacting marine life along California's coast. Some species of Pseudo-nitzchia produce domoic acid, which is a potent neurotoxin that can accumulate in shellfish. At low levels, domoic acid exposure can cause nausea, diarrhea and dizziness in humans. At higher levels, it can cause persistent short-term memory loss, seizures and can in some cases be fatal. Recent tests of crab a nine fishing ports from Santa Barbara to Crescent city showed levels of domoic acid that exceed the State's action level and therefore pose a significant risk to the public if they are consumed. On November 3, 2015, California department of Public Health (CDPH) issued a health advisory warning individuals to avoid eating Dungeness crab and rock due to the detection of high levels of domic acid.

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