Landings 2022-2023 Season
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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.
Notice includes information on hold inspections
NEW closed area transit allowance by temporary rule (OAR 635-005-0465)-
Vessels may possess and land Dungeness crab in an area that is otherwise closed to take of Dungeness crab
for commercial purposes under all the conditions spelled out in this document, including that the vessel must possess and use an activated Vessel Monitoring System (VMS) that is type-approved by the National Marine Fisheries Service Office of Law Enforcement.
Derelict pots returned to owners as part of effort to clear gear.
The second round of the CARES Act funds for the Oregon fishing industry (due to the impacts from the COVID pandemic) is currently open for applications and will continue until October 31 deadline. More details including contact information for any questions can be found on the PSMFC website https://relief.psmfc.org/oregon-cares-act-information.
For questions regarding Oregon’s Round 1 or Round 2 CARES Act spend plans, please contact the ODFW at ODFW.CARESAct@odfw.oregon.gov
For questions regarding Oregon’s “Round 2” application, please contact PSMFC at ORCares@psmfc.org or dial toll-free (877) 695-3457
If you have a commercial Oregon Dungeness crab permit you will receive a FREE Oregon Dungeness Crab Commission double-layer, protective Dungeness crab face mask! (click on link to see one modeled)
All we ask is that you call our office at 541-267-5810, or email email@example.com, and provide us with your email address for future newsletters. (We also will need a mailing address for where to send the face mask). That is all.
We will soon be phasing our industry newsletter to an email only delivery, so now is the perfect time to take advantage of getting us your up-to-date email while also getting a free mask that happens to also promote our brand!
This document was updated on June 18, 2020. Guidance regarding financial relief for the impacts of COVID-19 is rapidly changing. Please check appropriate state and federal websites
frequently for the most updated information.
Meeting announcement and agenda for ODCC virtual Special Public Meeting
At these meetings, ODFW will describe the newly adopted regulations to address whale entanglement that will be in place for the upcoming commercial crab season starting Dec. 1. The Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission adopted these rules at their Sept. 11 meeting in addition to rules which better align ODFW’s crab biotoxin rules with those of the Oregon Department of Agriculture.
Meeting Minutes from public meeting at Coos Bay office and via Zoom.
Meeting minutes from public meeting held in Brookings.
If you were unable to attend the ODCC meeting held in Newport, OR on March 3, 2019, but are interested in some of the commission's marketing efforts over the past several months please check out the link to the PowerPoint slides from the report.
On Thursday, November 2nd, 2017, John Sackton delivered his presentation on the outlook of the Dungeness crab fishery for 2018.
This is the Market Report that was video taped and put on YouTube
The summer season for Dungeness crab starts on Monday, June 12, 2023. A weekly landing limit of 1200 lbs. will be in effect through the season closure on August 14.
Application materials must be emailed to address on application by 4:00 pm on June 21, 2023.
ODFW is anticipating above average crabbing effort in Oregon waters for the month of May, based on the high volume of late-season tag purchases. Due to this and recent observations of whales, we are issuing a marine life entanglement Fleet Advisory for the commercial Dungeness crab fishery in all waters off Oregon through May 31st (also attached). Crab fishing participants should remain vigilant and move or avoid setting gear in areas where humpback whales are transiting or foraging to further minimize risk of entanglement, effective immediately. This advisory will remain in effect through May 31, 2023.
US Coast Guard April 2023 dates are set for drill conductor/stability classes for commercial fishermen.
We want to encourage the fleet to consider participating in the Post-Season Derelict Gear Recovery Program (industry notice attached) either by directly applying for a permit to recover gear or by reporting any derelict gear you see on the water after Aug 14th. The program starts Aug 30th and will be open through Oct 11th. All information about the program, including gear registered and gear reported, can be found on the ODFW website here http://www.dfw.state.or.us/MRP/shellfish/commercial/crab/psdgrp.asp.
NEWPORT, Ore – 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.
Specific management goals and objectives are included to support long-term sustainability of this important fishery, coastal communities, and larger ecosystems.
ODFW sought input from interested stakeholders on a draft version of the FMP during a 30-day public comment period which ended on Oct. 15, 2021. That same day, ODFW presented the draft plan to the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission and heard public testimony.
ODFW updated the draft FMP to incorporate public and Commission input and provided written responses addressing comments that were not incorporated.
ODFW reminds that the industry reminder notice was sent out mid-march on all of the late-season mitigation measures – the main ones including a 20% pot limit reduction, 40 fathom depth restriction and a late-season tag requirement. The notice included the form to purchase late-season tags. Please review the notice carefully if you intend to crab after May 1. "In response to industry requests, we have increased the amount of time you have to attach the late-season tags to your gear before they are required on May 1."
Federal commercial fishery loans are available to vessel owners, most at 15 years with current fixed interest rates of approximately 3.75%. NOAA Fisheries offer loans for both purchasing and refinancing. Loans are at 80% LTV and they have no prepayment penalties for early repayment.
These reminders were distributed by ODFW during hold inspections. Make sure you give them a serious look.
The public is invited to comment on ODFW's draft conservation plan (CP) addressing marine life entanglement in commercial Dungeness crab fishing gear along the Oregon coast.
Over the past six years, ODFW has been actively working with industry and many other partners to address marine life entanglements in Oregon's crab and other fisheries. ODFW developed a proactive management strategy for the Oregon ocean commercial Dungeness crab fishery that is now documented in the draft CP. The overarching vision of the plan is for the co-existence of a vibrant commercial crab fishery and recovering ESA-listed populations of humpback whales, blue whales and leatherback sea turtles in ocean waters off Oregon.
Any member of the fleet can now get information texted directly to their cell phones from the commission. Click on the link for more information.
The U.S. Coast Guard Navigation Center has completed its Maritime Safety Information upgrade in the Pacific Northwest and now offers Broadcast Notice to Mariners via email in addition to radio broadcasts. Notices are divided in to three sectors, mariners can subscribe to any or all:
Sector North Bend – Southern and central Oregon coast and rivers
Sector Columbia River – Northern Oregon coast, southern and central Washington coast, Columbia, Snake, and Willamette Rivers
Sector Puget Sound – Northern Washington coast, Strait of Juan de Fuca, San Juan Islands and neighboring straits, Puget Sound, and Lake Washington
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.
The Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission (OFWC) adopted regulatory changes to address whale entanglements at their September 11, 2020 virtual meeting.
All of the materials from this meeting, including the background, rationale, and rule language are located here:
https://www.dfw.state.or.us/agency/commission/minutes/. The first notice of these changes was mailed to all permit holders and crab buyers on September 25, 2020 and is posted on our website here
The measures include:
Reduced pot limits by 20% combined with a 40 fathom depth restriction and a required late-season buoy tag in addition to primary season tag (order form is attached to the link).
The Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission adopted new regulations for the ocean commercial crab fishery at its meeting on September 11, 2020. The Commission listened to testimony and discussed alternatives arriving at the adopted regulatory package of 20% pot limit reduction as of May 1, inside of 40 fathoms, over a 3-season evaluation period (sunset). All other measures to reduce risk were adopted as recommended. Click on the headline to read the industry notice, which contains the details of the adopted regulations and how to implement them this coming crab season. These regulations, along with the regulations adopted in September 2019 (gear marking, electronic tickets, etc.), will be the core of the Conservation Plan we submit to NOAA (winter 2021), in order to be considered for an Incidental Take Permit. The industry notice also announces the dates of our upcoming industry public meetings – Oct 8th and 22nd, by virtual meeting. Lastly, the industry notice provides a heads up to the fleet about changes to pre-season testing procedures in response to COVID transmission concerns. Our plans are still evolving but we are working to limit interaction between ODFW staff and vessel crews, while still providing assurance that testing is valid.
New temporary rules notice, and target dates for re-scheduling proposal of phase II whale entanglement mitigation regulatory package to the
OFWC (for proposed implementation next crab season 2020-21).
Illness of a person onboard any vessel that may adversely affect the safety of a vessel or port facility is a hazardous condition per 33 CFR 160.216 and must be reported immediately to the U.S. Coast Guard Captain of the Port (COTP). Cases of persons who exhibit symptoms consistent with COVID-19 must be reported to the COTP.
The Coast Guard considers it a hazardous condition under 33 CFR 160.216 if anyone, regardless of where they have been or who they have interacted with, shows symptoms of COVID-19 or other flu like illness. This requires immediate notification to the nearest Coast Guard COTP.
As discussions of offshore wind development in the U.S. continue to progress, Pacific fishermen have expressed significant concern over the lack of communication and collaboration necessary to inform coexistence among ocean users. The RODA-Pacific Advisory Committee is comprised of leaders from several West Coast fisheries throughout California and Oregon. Its purpose is to improve science and policy approaches to development, while also increasing and improving communication to help strengthen ties between Pacific fishermen and fishing communities across the country.
The focus of Phase II whale entanglement management measures is to help reduce risk of whale entanglements in crab gear by reducing the number of vertical lines in the water. To prepare for Phase II recommendations to the OFWC, the ODFW is hosting four regional Dungeness crab public industry meetings to solicit targeted input.
The OSU buoy off Coos Bay/Charleston (our designation CB06, USCG designator LLNR 612) stopped reporting via cell phone and 2 separate satellite systems on Saturday night, 4/6, about 8PM. This was during a stretch of nasty weather. The USCG has done a fly-over of the deployment location and not seen the buoy. (Click link for pic)
We would appreciate hearing of any sitings and locations.The last reported location from the buoy itself Saturday night 8PM was 43 deg 17.805 min N, 124 deg 32.051 min W.
Please contact Mike Kosro, Professor at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 541-737-3079.
Materials available from the Workshop in April
Megalope return study of 2022, released in March of 2023.
2022 report with the latest on 5-spine (aka green) crab abundance and size in the Coos and South Slough estuaries.
Megalope return study of 2020, released in April of 2021.
This is the second paper from a genetics project on Dungeness crab larval recruits, and has been published in Marine Ecology Progress Series (PDF attached):
Fine-scale spatial and temporal genomic variation among Dungeness crab Cancer magister larval recruits in the California Current Ecosystem. Elizabeth M. J. Lee*, Kathleen G. O’Malley
State Fisheries Genomics Lab, Coastal Oregon Marine Experiment Station, Department of Fisheries and Wildlife,
Hatfield Marine Science Center, Oregon State University, Newport, Oregon 97365, USA
Megalope return study of 2019, released in April of 2020.
This memorandum is to briefly describe results from using the Oregon Dungeness crab bio-economic model to assess economic impacts from proposed measures to reduce risk of fisheries gear whale entanglements.
Report generated from the ODCC's funded research to produce a Bio-Economic model for the Oregon Dungeness crab fishery.
Original RFP for research study
By Noelle Yochum, 2014
Proposal from OSU
Megalope return study
Megalope return study
Thesis defense on Dungeness study
Dr. Alan Shanks study for the commission
ODA Dungeness testing results
Newsletter for the Oregon Dungeness crab fleet - dated July 28, 2021 (printable PDF version)
Newsletter for the Oregon Dungeness crab fleet - dated July 17, 2020 (printable PDF version)
Newsletter for the Oregon Dungeness crab fleet - dated October 16, 2019 (printable PDF version)
Newsletter for the Oregon Dungeness crab fleet - dated August 2, 2019 (printable PDF version)
Newsletter for the Oregon Dungeness crab fleet - dated February 25, 2019.
Newsletter for our crab fishermen, Issue four - dated November 26, 2018.
Newsletter for our crab fishermen, Issue three - dated August 24, 2018.
Newsletter for our crab fishermen. Dated April 3, 2018
Newsletter for our crab fishermen. Issue one - dated December 5, 2017.
The 2021-22 commercial Oregon Dungeness crab fishery landed a total of 17.2 million pounds of Dungeness crab into Oregon ports coastwide, above the 10-year average of 16.4 million pounds. These landings equated to $91.5 million ex-vessel value, the highest grossing season on record by more than 17 million dollars.
The 2020-21 commercial Oregon Dungeness crab fishery landed a total of 12.2 million pounds of Dungeness crab into Oregon ports coastwide, approximately 29% below the 10-year average of 17.3 million pounds. These landings equated to $60.6 million ex-vessel value, the fifth highest grossing season on record.
The 2019-20 Oregon Dungeness crab season brought in $72.7 million dollars ex-vessel value, the second highest grossing season on record! Despite a challenging year for the seafood industry due to the COVID-19 pandemic, crab landings totaled just under 20.0 million pounds, approximately 12% above the 10-year average of 17.6 million pounds.
The 2018-19 Oregon Dungeness crab season "brought in $66.7 million dollars ex-vessel value, the second highest grossing season on record! Landings totaled 18.7 million pounds, approximately 9% above the 10-year average of 17.0 million pounds."
The season "brought in a record breaking 74.2 million dollar ex-vessel value! Landings totaled 23.1 million pounds, about 31% above the 10-year average of 16 million pounds..."
"The 2016-17 Oregon Dungeness crab season brought in the highest ex-vessel value ever, totaling $62.7 million dollars! Landings totaled 20.4 million pounds, about 22% above the 10 year average of 16.0 million pounds..."