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Reducing Risk of Whale Entanglements in Oregon Dungeness Crab Gear

For the past three decades, the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) has taken measures to limit fishing effort allowed for harvesting crab in Oregon’s commercial Dungeness crab fishery for a variety of purposes. From limiting the number of boats and pots in the fishery to implementing a derelict gear removal program, these measures are the result of collaborative processes to sustainably manage the crab fishery, including reducing the risk of whale entanglements. ODFW continues to work on building solutions to further reduce these risks, working with the crab industry, sport fishermen, conservation groups, federal agencies, and others on an on-going basis. This webpage is intended to provide information about whale entanglements and ODFW’s recent efforts to address and minimize whale entanglements in Dungeness crab gear.

Conservation Plan

Crab Industry Public Meeting Materials about Whale Entanglement Mitigation (pdfs)

Oregon Dungeness Crab Advisory Meetings about Whale Entanglement Mitigation (pdfs)

Oregon Whale Entanglement Working Group

Industry Notices and Updates about Whale Entanglement Mitigation

2021

2020

  • December 11, 2020 - 2019-20 Annual Crab Newsletter (pdf)

  • September 25, 2020 Permanent Regulatory Changes Adopted to Reduce Risk of Whale Entanglement and Notice of Upcoming Public Meetings (pdf)

  • June 25, 2020 – The crab exhibit proposing a second phase of whale entanglement mitigation measures (see industry notice dated 6/5/20 for details) is now scheduled for the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission (OFWC) meeting on September 11, 2020. Please see the OFWC webpage here for updates on how to provide public comment on this agenda item. In preparation for this meeting, ODFW staff will be briefing the commission at the August 7, 2020 remote meeting as part of the Director’s Report. The briefing will consist of a non-rulemaking presentation to commissioners with an overview of the whale entanglement issue and our staff recommendations to reduce risk of whale entanglements, as will be presented again at the September 11 meeting.

2019

2018

2017

Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission Materials about Whale Entanglement Mitigation

 Additional Resources

Contacts

Kelly Corbett - Marine Resources Program, Newport
Phone: (541) 867-4741
E-mail: Kelly.C.Corbett@odfw.oregon.gov

Troy Buell - Marine Resources Program, Newport
Phone: (541) 867-4741
E-mail:Troy.V.Buell@odfw.oregon.gov

 

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