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California Crab Fishermen Struggling, As Algae Blooms

In California, some crab fishermen are struggling to stay in business. Back in November, regulators indefinitely delayed the season for Dungeness crab for the first time ever, because of a huge algae bloom off the coast. Crabs can become contaminated by a type of acid from the algae bloom.

Joe Stoops, a crab fisherman from Santa Cruz, California, tells Here & Now’s Jeremy Hobson that most of the market for Dungeness “is gone.”


  • Joe Stoops, crab fisherman from Santa Cruz, California.
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