Commercial Dungeness crab fishing opens Feb. 4 on the remaining southern portion of Oregon’s coastline from Cape Arago (just south of Charleston) to the California border.
The earliest a crab season may start is Dec. 1 pending meat fill and biotoxin results. This year, the season opener was delayed due to crab in some areas with low meat fill or high domoic acid levels in crab viscera (guts). It opened Jan. 15 from Cape Falcon to Cape Arago and opens Feb. 1 from Cape Falcon to the Washington border
Oregon’s commercial Dungeness crab fishery opens Jan. 15 from Cape Falcon to Cape Arago on Jan. 15 after having passed all tests for the crab being ready to harvest. The season opens Feb. 1 from Cape Falcon north to Washington State in accordance with the Tri-State Protocol. Domoic acid testing of crab will continue from Cape Arago south to the California border as test results on January 6th showed elevated levels of the biotoxin in that area.
The Oregon Dungeness Crab Commission has selected a new executive director to take over for current executive director Hugh Link, once he retires at the end of the year. Tim Novotny was chosen following a competitive selection process, overseen by the Oregon Department of Agriculture. Novotny has served the ODCC for the last five years as its Communications Manager.
The Oregon Dungeness Crab commission is seeking the right candidate to lead the commission as the new Executive Director. The right candidate will enjoy a starting salary of $75k-$110k, with a full State of Oregon benefit package. More information and application guidelines are available HERE.
The summer season for Dungeness crab starts on Monday, June 13, 2022. The summer season kicks-in a weekly landing limit of 1200 lbs. that will be in effect through the season closure on August 14.
Members of the Oregon legislature have been working with members of the fishing/seafood industry to schedule a series of community roundtable discussions related to offshore wind development off Oregon’s coast. There will be a community meeting in Newport on 5/18, one in Astoria on Monday 5/23, and one in Brookings on Wednesday 5/25.Announcement.OSW.Community.Roundtables.May.2022
ODFW recently finalized the first of its kind management plan for one of Oregon’s most iconic fisheries: Dungeness crab.
The comprehensive Oregon Dungeness crab fishery management plan (FMP) covers both commercial and recreational Dungeness crab fisheries.
The FMP describes the Dungeness crab fisheries in Oregon, provides an overview of the regulatory framework and management approach, and helps continue good governance of these fishery sectors.
Oregon’s commercial crab fishery opens December 1
For the first time since the 2014-15 season, the ocean commercial Dungeness crab fishery opens as scheduled Dec. 1 along the Oregon coast.
Commercial crab vessels can set gear Nov. 28 (the presoak period) in anticipation of the first pull of ocean crab pots on Dec. 1.
The summer season for Oregon Dungeness crab starts on Monday, June 14, 2021. Beginning on Monday, a weekly landing limit of 1200 lbs. will be in effect through the season closure on August 14. Click here for details.Summer season starts 2021a
The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) is sending this industry notice as a reminder of the whale entanglement mitigation measures that will be in place May 1, 2021 – including reduced pot limits and required late sesason buoy tags.