Off Shore Wind Community Roundtables Set

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 releases comprehensive new Dungeness crab fishery management plan

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.

Needed Coos Bay Jetty Repair gets funding

The Port of Coos Bay says the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Workplan includes $34.65 Million to Repair Coos Bay’s North Jetty. The funding will cover the completion of all environmental work and contracting and construction for the Jetty head only. Repairs to the Jetty trunk and root will come in following years.

The N. Jetty has been losing approximately twenty feet per year, which has
resulted in its receding a total of 900 feet since its original construction design. The jetty’s construction was completed in 1929.

The USACE project will include the addition of approximately 120’-150’ in jetty length, stabilization of the head of the jetty, and addition of rock to the jetty’s trunk and root to further stabilize the structure. This work will be critical in ensuring the safety of mariners transiting in and out of the Coos Bay harbor.

The Oregon International Port of Coos Bay (Port) has worked very closely with Representative Peter DeFazio, the US Army Corp of Engineers, and a variety of users such as the Pilots and Commercial Fishing Fleet to secure the funding to execute this work.

Season opening delay north of Cape Falcon continued

The opening of the commercial Dungeness crab season from Cape Falcon northward to the Washington border is further delayed until at least mid-January.

In consultation with the Oregon Department of Agriculture (ODA), the Oregon commercial crab industry, and California and Washington fishery managers, ODFW is continuing to delay the opening of the commercial Dungeness crab fishery in the Pacific Ocean and Columbia River from Cape Falcon northward to the Washington border in order to coordinate an orderly start with the Washington coastal Dungeness crab fishery. Oregon’s harvest area 50-A (Cape Falcon to the OR/WA border) will remain closed until around January 15 (or longer) to allow for the additional domoic acid testing in both states.

Start of 20/21 season set for most of state

Oregon Dungeness commercial crab fishermen, from the California border up to just north of Garibaldi (Cape Falcon), will be allowed to start pulling their pots on the morning of December 16th.

The commercial Dungeness crab fishery will remain closed in the Pacific Ocean and Columbia River from Cape Falcon northward to the Washington border in order to coordinate an orderly start with the Washington coastal Dungeness crab fishery. Results from recent domoic acid testing of crab conducted by the state of Washington exceeded federally established thresholds for human health, and therefore Washington is delaying the coastal fishery until further testing is conducted.

Season will be delayed at least 2 weeks

Based on preseason testing results and consultations with Washington and California Departments of Fish and Wildlife, there is a Tri-State agreement to delay the ocean commercial Dungeness crab season from Point Arena, California to the US/Canada border until at least December 16. This delay will allow completion of additional testing for meat recovery.

Oregon commercial Dungeness crab industry leading on reducing risks to whales

ODFW is asking commercial Dungeness crab industry representatives to help design the next steps in reducing risk of whale and sea turtle entanglements in crab fishing gear. ODFW is hosting virtual public meetings Oct. 8 and Oct. 22 to further develop the draft conservation plan describing Oregon’s actions to support both this culturally iconic fishery and reduce entanglements. NEWS RELEASE