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Commercial Crabbing Closed Coastwide in Oregon

Greg Anderson of Waldport, Oregon

Several days ago, Troy Buell of the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife told Wide Open Spaces that due to a tri-state agreement, there would be no final decisions about closures until Friday, November 20th, 2015.

The Oregon Department of Agriculture, the Oregon commercial crab industry, Washington, California and Oregon Departments of Fish and Wildlife, have agreed to delay the marine commercial Dungeness crab season coastwide, due to concerns about consumer confidence following the discovery of domoic acid toxins found in crab along the Pacific coast.

In a report from Oregon Public Broadcasting, Kelly Corbett of the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife said,

“This delay will allow completion of additional tests, with close coordination with the Oregon Department of Agriculture, to help us provide confidence that crab harvested from Oregon waters are all safe to consume.”

Some areas of the central Oregon coast remain the final destination for recreational crabbing. The Oregon Department of Agriculture has announced:

The recreational harvest of razor clams is closed along the entire Oregon Coast from the Columbia River to the California border for elevated levels of domoic acid. This includes all beaches and all bays.

The recreational harvest of mussels is closed from the Yachats River to the California border for elevated levels of domoic acid. This includes all beaches and all bays.

The recreational harvest of mussels is open from the Columbia River to the Yachats River.

The recreational harvest of bay clams is open along the entire Oregon Coast from the Columbia River to the California border.

Two consecutive samples must pass testing with results less than 20 ppm (parts per million) of domoic acid and less than 80 micrograms/100 grams of paralytic shellfish poisoning toxins before an opening is considered. Further test results are scheduled to be announced the first week of December. ODFW will decide whether or not to open the commercial season at that time.

Recreational harvesters can find out updates on the ODA website or by calling the shellfish information hotline (1-800-448-2474)

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Commercial Crabbing Closed Coastwide in Oregon