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2017-18 Commercial Crab Fishing Season Opening Weekly Updates

In accordance with the Tri-State protocol (pdf) pre-season testing in Oregon will begin in early November. Meat recovery and biotoxin results from the test fishery will be used as a basis for deciding the crab season opening date(s). In partnership with the Oregon Dungeness Crab Commission and the commercial Dungeness crab industry, ODFW collects and tests crab out of the six major crabbing ports in Oregon. Weekly testing updates, along with information about season opening status will be posted below. Weekly updates will be provided until the decision to open the season is made. 

Weekly Updates

Date

Update

11/16 - Thursday

The ocean commercial crab fishery has been delayed at least until Dec. 16th coast-wide based on meat recovery and domoic acid results in recent weeks. The press release can be found here http://www.dfw.state.or.us/news/2017/index.asp and the notice to industry is linked above this table.

All domoic acid results from crab collected recently will be posted on ODA’s website here http://www.oregon.gov/ODA/shared/Documents/Publications/FoodSafety/CurrentCrabBiotoxinData.pdf.

In the next couple of weeks, we will be continuing to work closely with ODA, fishery managers from WA and CA, and the Oregon commercial Dungeness crab industry to test crab for both meat recovery and domoic acid.  If you are interested in volunteering for helping collect crab for future testing please call Kelly Corbett at 541.867.0300, ext. 244.

 

11/9 - Thursday

Boats from Brookings north to Newport got out early this week for round 1 of preseason testing.  Meat recovery results for these areas are posted above, along with WA and CA meat recovery results to-date.  Astoria and Garibaldi boats are planning to get out over the weekend and meat recovery results from those test will be posted when available.

All domoic acid results from crab collected during this first round of testing will be posted on ODA’s website here http://www.oregon.gov/ODA/shared/Documents/Publications/FoodSafety/CurrentCrabBiotoxinData.pdf.

11/2 - Thursday

The recreational and commercial bay crab closure was extended up to North Bend (including the Coos Bay estuary).  The press release can be found here http://www.dfw.state.or.us/news/2017/index.asp.

Round one of preseason testing for meat quality and domoic acid coastwide is scheduled for next week.  When all the test are completed a link to the meat quality results will be posted above this table and the domoic acid results will be posted on ODA’s website here http://www.oregon.gov/ODA/shared/Documents/Publications/FoodSafety/CurrentCrabBiotoxinData.pdf.

If you are interested in volunteering in additional rounds of testing if needed please call Kelly Corbett at 541.867.0300, ext. 244.

10/25 - Wednesday

All recreational and commercial bay crab harvest from Bandon (including the Coquille estuary) down to the OR/CA border was closed due to elevated levels of domoic acid detected in crab viscera samples. The press releases can be found here http://www.dfw.state.or.us/news/2017/index.asp.  We are collecting more crab samples for domoic acid testing only from these same areas (50K and 50-L) and areas 50-J and 50-I this week.

Round one of preseason testing for meat quality and domoic acid coastwide is scheduled for the week of Nov 6th.  We are still looking for volunteer vessels for the tests off Astoria and Port Orford for round 1.  If you are interested in volunteering in one of these ports or other ports in additional rounds of testing if needed please call Kelly Corbett at 541.867.0300, ext. 244.

10/20 - Friday

This past week crab were collected from crab harvest areas 50-K and 50-L for domoic acid testing. Results from these tests will be posted on ODA’s website at: http://www.oregon.gov/ODA/shared/Documents/Publications/FoodSafety/CurrentCrabBiotoxinData.pdf.

Round one of preseason testing for meat quality and domoic acid coastwide is scheduled for the week of Nov 6th.  We are looking for volunteer vessels for the tests off Astoria and Port Orford for round 1.  If you are interested in volunteering in one of these ports or other ports in additional rounds of testing if needed please call Kelly Corbett at 541.867.0300, ext. 244.

10/12 - Thursday

An early round of preseason crab collection in crab harvest areas 50-K and 50-L for domoic acid testing only is scheduled for the end of this week and next week. Domoic acid results will be posted on ODA’s website at: http://www.oregon.gov/ODA/shared/Documents/Publications/FoodSafety/CurrentCrabBiotoxinData.pdf.

Round one of preseason testing for meat quality and domoic acid coastwide is scheduled for the week of Nov 6th.  We are still looking for volunteer vessels for the tests off Astoria and Coos Bay for round 1.  If you are interested in volunteering in one of these ports or other ports in additional rounds of testing if needed please call Kelly Corbett at 541.867.0300, ext. 244.

 

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