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Crabbing season returns to the coast – The crabs have bulked up a bit…


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Dungeness crab season opened Jan. 15 on Oregon’s southern coast
Info from Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife

NEWPORT – Commercial and sport Dungeness crabbing opened Jan. 15 from Gold Beach south, making all of the ocean off Oregon now open to crabbing.

The ocean commercial Dungeness crab season in Oregon normally opens Dec. 1, but was delayed this year because crab did not meet minimum pre-season quality testing. Fishery managers made the decision in December to delay the season from about Gold Beach (42°26’00” N. Lat.) south to the California border until Jan. 15.

The testing measures the percentage of meat in the crab, by weight. Fishery managers can delay the season to allow the crab to fill with meat and ensure a high-quality product to consumers.

Sport crabbing is open year-round in bays and estuaries.

ODFW’s Marine Resources Program manages Oregon’s commercial and sport saltwater fisheries and has stewardship over our state’s marine environment. http://www.dfw.state.or.us/MRP/

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