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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.

23-24 Season Opening Information (pdfs)

Weekly updates

Date

Update

1/5/24 - Friday

In consultation with the crab industry, Oregon Department of Agriculture (ODA) and California and Washington fishery managers, based on meat recovery and domoic acid results from preseason testing, ODFW is opening a portion of the Oregon ocean commercial Dungeness crab season as follows:

Cape Falcon (45° 46’ 00” N. Lat.) to Oregon/Washington border (46° 15’ 00” N. Lat.)
73 hr presoak begins (setting gear): January 29, 8:00 a.m.
Hold Inspections: January 31, see schedule in linked industry notice above
Start date (pulling gear): February 1, 9:00 a.m.

The continued delay in this area until February 1 will allow additional time for crab to fill with meat and a coordinated opening with southern Washington.

12/20 - Friday

In consultation with the crab industry, Oregon Department of Agriculture (ODA) and California and Washington fishery managers, based on meat recovery and domoic acid results from preseason testing, ODFW is opening a portion of the Oregon ocean commercial Dungeness crab season as follows:

Cape Foulweather (44° 46' 24" N. Lat.) northward to Cape Falcon (45° 46' 00" N. Lat.)
73 hr presoak begins (setting gear): December 28, 8:00 a.m.
Hold Inspections: December 30, see schedule on back
Start date (pulling gear): December 31, 9:00 a.m.

The commercial Dungeness crab fishery will remain closed in the Pacific Ocean and Columbia River from Cape Falcon northward to the Oregon/Washington border. The continued delay in this area will allow completion of additional testing for meat recovery in the Astoria, OR and Long Beach, WA areas that did not meet criteria. If both areas meet 23% meat recovery in a fourth round of testing these areas will open January 15th. If one or both areas do not meet 23% meat recovery, both areas will open in coordination on February 1st.

See industry notice linked above for more information.

12/18 - Monday

Meat recovery results from round 3 of preseason testing are posted on this page just above this table. We plan to convene an Oregon Dungeness Crab Advisory Committee meeting on 12/19/23 from 3-4 PM to discuss season opening options.

If you are interested in receiving text or email about commercial crab season opening decisions, please sign up here.
If you are interested in getting added to the interested parties email distribution list for the Oregon Dungeness Crab Advisory Committee, including getting meeting notices, please email Kelly.C.Corbett@odfw.oregon.gov.

12/15 - Friday

Meat recovery result for the Newport North test area is posted on this page just above this table. The remaining two Tri-State area meat recovery area results for round 3 are anticipated to be available by Tuesday next week.

We plan to convene an Oregon Dungeness Crab Advisory Committee meeting on 12/19/23 from 3-4 PM to discuss season opening options. If either remaining result does not meet criteria, we will host a virtual ODCAC meeting Tuesday (12/19) from 3-4pm to get input on season opening options. If all meat recovery results meet criteria we will not host this advisory call meeting and will be recommending to Tri-State managers a Dec 31st season opening date north of Cape Foulweather.
If you are interested in receiving text or email about commercial crab season opening decisions, please sign up here.
If you are interested in getting added to the interested parties email distribution list for the Oregon Dungeness Crab Advisory Committee, including getting meeting notices, please email Kelly.C.Corbett@odfw.oregon.gov.

12/5 - Tuesday

In consultation with the crab industry, Oregon Department of Agriculture (ODA) and California and Washington fishery managers, based on meat recovery and domoic acid results from preseason testing, ODFW is opening the Oregon ocean commercial Dungeness crab season as follows:

Cape Foulweather (44° 46’ 24” N. Lat.) southward to Oregon/California border (42° 00’ 00” N. Lat.)

73 hr presoak begins (setting gear): December 13, 8:00 a.m.
Hold Inspections: December 15, see schedule in attached notice
Start date (pulling gear): December 16, 9:00 a.m.

The commercial Dungeness crab fishery will remain closed in the Pacific Ocean and Columbia River from Cape Foulweather northward to the Oregon/Washington border. The continued delay in this area will allow completion of additional testing for meat recovery in areas that did not meet criteria. See industry notice linked above for more information.
11/28 - Tuesday

This week volunteer captains and crews are collecting crab for meat recovery from the 6 Oregon crab harvest areas that did not meet Tri-State meat recovery criteria. Tri-State area meat recovery results will be posted on this page just above this table when they are available.

We plan to convene an Oregon Dungeness Crab Advisory Committee meeting on 12/4/23 at 10:30AM to discuss season opening options. If you are interested in getting added to the interested parties email distribution list for this group, including getting meeting notices, please email Kelly.C.Corbett@odfw.oregon.gov.

11/17 - Friday

Today there was 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 posted above and news release posted here.

We are still looking for captains to help with testing in Astoria and Garibaldi. If you are interested in volunteering, please give Kelly Corbett (541-270-5083) a call to discuss as soon as possible.

11/16 - Thursday

All of round 1 Tri-State preseason meat recovery results are posted above. All crab domoic acid results will be posted on Oregon Department of Agriculture's website here.

We plan to convene an Oregon Dungeness Crab Advisory Committee meeting on 11/17/23 at 1PM to discuss season opening options. If you are interested in getting added to the interested parties email distribution list for this group, including getting meeting notices, please email Kelly.C.Corbett@odfw.oregon.gov.

We plan to announce the first 2023-24 season opening decision by Monday 11/20/23.

11/9 - Thursday

Starting 11/7/23 volunteer captains and crews collected crab for meat recovery and domoic acid from 8 crab harvest areas (A, B, C, D, E, F, K and L). Two vessels are planning to get out early next week to collect crab from the remaining 4 harvest areas (G, H, I and J).

Tri-State area meat recovery results are posted on this page just above this table when they are available, including round 1 K and L results. All crab domoic acid results will be posted on Oregon Department of Agriculture's website here.

11/2 - Wednesday

Volunteer boats are lined up coastwide to collect crab for meat recovery and domoic acid from all 12 crab harvest areas starting this upcoming weekend, weather permitting. To ensure testing protocols are followed we are planning to have onboard observers for all gear retrieval trips.

Tri-State area meat recovery results will be posted on this page just above this table when they are available. All crab domoic acid results will be posted on Oregon Department of Agriculture's website here.

If you are interested in volunteering to participate in subsequent rounds of testing if they are needed, please give Kelly Corbett (541-270-5083) a call to discuss as soon as possible.

10/17 – Wednesday

We are lining up volunteer captains/boats coastwide to collect crab for meat recovery and domoic acid from all 12 crab harvest areas targeting the week of Nov 7, weather permitting. We plan for onboard observers for all gear retrieval trips to ensure testing protocols are followed.

Tri-State area meat recovery results will be posted on this page just above this table when they are available. All crab domoic acid results are posted on Oregon Department of Agriculture's website here.

If interested in volunteering to participate in preseason testing, please give Kelly Corbett (541-270-5083) a call to discuss.

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