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Recreational Crab Harvesting Reopens On Portion Of OR Coast
The Oregon Department of Agriculture and the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife announce that recreational crabbing is now open from the north jetty of the Coquille River to the Columbia River. An area from Tahkenitch Creek (north of Winchester Bay) to Cape Foulweather (north of Newport) was previously closed because of the elevated levels of domoic acid. Recent crab samples indicate these levels have dropped.
This re-opening of the recreational season applies to crab harvested in the ocean, bays and estuaries, on beaches, docks, piers and jetties. Recreational crab harvesting remains closed along the southern Oregon coast from the north jetty of the Coquille River (including the Coquille estuary) to the California border.
Recreational crabbing – Currently open in the ocean and in all bays and estuaries that are not under the health advisory.
Commercial ocean crabbing – Delayed in all areas until at least December 16th.
Commercial bay crabbing – Remains closed in all areas due to the delay in the ocean commercial Dungeness crab fishery.
Despite the commercial closure, crab and shellfish products sold in retail markets and restaurants remain safe for consumers.