Oregon commercial crab fishery to open Jan. 4 north of Coos Bay and up off the Washington Coast
NEWPORT – Fresh Oregon crab is back on the menu soon as the commercial Dungeness crab fishery will open on much of Oregon’s coast as of January 4th. Dungeness crab will be ready to be harvested from Coos Bay to the Columbia River and north into Washington on January 4th.
Prior to the opener, crab vessels will set gear from January 1st onwards, using the “pre-soak” period of time to set gear in anticipation of the first pull of ocean crab pots on Jan. 4.
The area south of Cape Arago, just south of Coos Bay, will remain closed to commercial crabbing due to a combination of low meat quality and persisting domoic acid in some of the region. Continued testing will determine when the remaining area can open.
The remainder of the coast is clear of domoic acid and all Oregon crab product on the market is safe to eat.
Recreational crab harvesting is also open from Cape Blanco, just north of Port Orford, to the Washington border.
For more information about Oregon’s shellfish marine biotoxin monitoring, call ODA’s shellfish safety information hotline at (800) 448‐2474 or visit the ODA shellfish closures web page at: http://www.oregon.gov/ODA/programs/FoodSafety/Shellfish/Pages/ShellfishClosures.aspx.