SACRAMENTO, Calif. — California authorities say unhealthy levels of the naturally occurring toxin domoic acid have been found in spiny lobsters caught near Anacapa Island and the east end of Santa Cruz Island off the coast of Ventura and Santa Barbara counties.
The state Department of Fish and Wildlife said Tuesday that an immediate commercial spiny lobster fishery closure has been put in place.
The closure encompasses all state waters around both islands.
The Department of Public Health says people should not eat internal organs of the lobsters and should discard water or broth used in cooking whole lobsters.
Symptoms of domoic acid poisoning include vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal cramps, headache and dizziness. Severe cases may include trouble breathing, confusion, cardiovascular instability, seizures, excessive bronchial secretions, permanent loss of short-term memory, coma or death.