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2020-21 commercial crab fishing season opening weekly updates

In accordance with the Tri-State protocol (revised May 2020, 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

11/19 - Friday

Based on the preseason testing results (linked above) and consultations with Washington and California Departments of Fish and Wildlife, there is a Tri-State agreement to delay the ocean commercial Dungeness crab season from Point Arena, California to the US/Canada border until at least December 16. This delay will allow completion of additional testing for meat recovery. See industry notice linked above for more information.

Round 2 of preseason testing for all areas that did not meet criteria will get underway the week of 11/29/20

11/13 - Friday

All of the meat quality results from round 1 of Oregon’s preseason testing are linked above. Crab domoic acid test results from area A and B are posted on ODA’s webpage here and we anticipate results from the remaining areas to be available early next week.

Tri-State fishery managers will meet and decide next week upon a season opening structure once meat quality and domoic acid results are available from all three states.

If you are interested in volunteering for round 2 (only areas that didn’t meet criteria) of preseason testing in your area please call Kelly Corbett at 541-270-5083 to discuss the requirements for this year.

11/12 - Thursday

All of the meat quality results from round 1 that are available today are linked above. We anticipate meat quality results from all of the remaining Oregon areas tomorrow and they will be posted above when they are available.

We greatly appreciate all of the captains and crews that were willing to abide by the modified procedures and help out with completing round 1 of testing this year. We also really appreciate the on-going coordination with ODCC staff and the processing plants to ensure all of these tests get completed.

If you are interested in volunteering for round 2 (only areas that didn’t meet criteria) of preseason testing in your area please call Kelly Corbett at 541-270-5083 to discuss the requirements for this year.

11/6 - Friday

The first full round of preseason testing for meat quality and domoic acid coastwide is planned to this start this upcoming weekend (week of Nov 8th).

Meat quality results from round 1 will be posted on this page when they are available and the crab domoic acid test results will be posted on ODA’s webpage here

10/29 - Thursday

Results from Washing and California’s optional early round of preseason testing is attached above.

The first full round of preseason testing for meat quality and domoic acid coastwide is scheduled for the week of Nov 8th. If you are interested in volunteering for preseason testing in your area please call Kelly Corbett at 541-270-5083 to discuss the requirements for this year.

Results from round 1 will be posted on this page when they are available. 

10/19 - Monday

Preseason testing update - Due to safety concerns about the potential risk of transmission of COVID-19 to preseason testing volunteer captains, crews and ODFW staff, we do not anticipate having observers on-board any preseason test trips this fall. We are currently still investigating alternatives to help ensure testing protocols are followed and provide assurance for the integrity of the test results. This year we will be relying heavily on the Oregon Dungeness Crab Advisory Committee members from each port to recommend vessels willing to volunteer to conduct the tests following all of the requirements within the preseason testing protocol. Additionally, at a minimum we will be requiring all voluntary testing vessels to have a vessel monitoring system (VMS, AIS or other) on throughout the duration of testing trips, all captains and crew members on testing trips will be required to sign an affidavit attesting that they followed all testing procedures, and all test crab landing will be observed by dockside samplers prior to processing. If you have a vessel monitoring system (Electronic monitoring, VMS, AIS or other) please let us know if you are willing and interested in volunteering for helping out with testing this year.

Licensing Reminder - ODFW offices remain closed to the public through December 31, 2020. If you normally go to an ODFW office to purchase your commercial documents, you will not be able to do so this year. You will be able to purchase your documents by returning the enclosed renewal application by mail (include credit card information or a check), by fax (credit card purchases only) or contact an ODFW office near you for alternatives.

                Newport 541-867-0300 (fax 541-867-0311)
                Charleston 541-888-5515 (fax 541-888-6860)
                Astoria 503-325-2462 (fax 503-325-8227)

Buoy tags will not be available for in-person pickup so you will need to allow adequate time for shipping to a physical address. These must be signed for and cannot be sent to PO Boxes or unattended addresses.

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