Commercial Crab Season Remains Closed In Southern Oregon

ODFW Commercial Dungeness Crab Fishery Update:

The commercial Dungeness crab fishery in the area from Cape Blanco to the OR/CA border (southern Oregon area) will not open on January 15th due to the detection of elevated levels of domoic acid in samples collected on January 2nd.  The fishery in this area will remain closed for at least two more weeks while additional sampling is conducted and an announcement will be made when results are available.

For details on season opening north Cape Blanco, please see the industry notice at http://www.dfw.state.or.us/MRP/shellfish/commercial/crab/season_weekly_updates.asp

Any vessels that begin fishing for crab anywhere within the Tri-State region (U.S. Canada border to Point Arena, CA) prior to the opening of the southern Oregon area must wait until 30 days after the area opens to begin fishing there.  The opening of the southern Oregon area will include provisions for a pre-soak period and the Department will attempt to notify industry of the opening structure at least five days prior to the beginning of the pre-soak period.

All domoic acid test results and testing schedules are on ODA’s website here

http://www.oregon.gov/ODA/programs/FoodSafety/Shellfish/Pages/CrabBiotoxinInfo.aspx