Landings 2019-2020 Season
Year Month Pounds AVG. Price
2019 December 322,341 $3.07
2020 January 12,996,237 $3.48
February 4,323,601 $3.73
March 1,169,254 $3.59
April 560,854 $4.48
May 370,611 $6.28
June 157,021 $4.96
July 88,523 $4.67
August 38,615 $4.78
Total 20,068,442 $3.64
Crabber Info
New ODCC Face Mask for Commercial Crab permit holders ›

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 by our office manager)

All we ask is that you call our office at 541-267-5810, or email, 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!

Get .47 per lb for Dungeness landed in 18-19 season -USDA making Seafood Trade Relief Program (STRP) available ›

This program is being funded by the Commodity Credit Corporation and administered by the Farm Service Agency (FSA). FSA will work with fishermen via phone, email, fax, mail or online tools like Box and in person appointments where applicable. Click here for a listing of FSA offices by state and county/parish(
Fishermen can sign-up for relief through the program from September 14, 2020 to December 14, 2020.
Payments are based on 2019 landings of Atka mackerel; Crab, Dungeness, King, Snow, Southern Tanner; Flounder, Geoduck, Goosefish, Herrings, Lobster, Pacific Cod, Pacific Ocean Perch, Pollock, Sablefish, Salmon, Sole, Squid, Tuna, and Turbot.

UPDATE JULY 31, 2020: Oregon’s Spend Plan for funding was just approved by NOAA ›

UPDATE JULY 31, 2020: Oregon’s Spend Plan for funding was just approved by NOAA and we anticipate PSMFC will begin the one-month application process in early August. At that time, PSMFC will post the approved Spend Plan and application materials, and ODFW will post a link to the PSMFC website. PSMFC will also mail postcards to ODFW, OSMB or ODA license holders that may be eligible to apply.

July 16 Fish Biz Webinar ›

On July 16, 2020 Ed Bowles of ODFW presented information about the CARES act funding for fisheries businesses.

Updated PPP fact sheet ›

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.

USDA Unveils Federal Rural Resource Guide ›

"U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today unveiled a one-stop-shop of federal programs that can be used by rural communities, organizations and individuals impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The COVID-19 Federal Rural Resource Guide (PDF, 349 KB) is a first-of-its-kind resource for rural leaders looking for federal funding and partnership opportunities to help address this pandemic."

ODA COVID info page ›

"The situation around COVID-19 (novel coronavirus disease) in Oregon continues to evolve. Governor Kate Brown has a webpage capturing statewide and federal recommendations and updates." (Updated regularly; last updated 4/10)

NSGLC webinar on CARES Act related to fisheries ›

Video of webinar on "CARES Act 101 for Fisheries, Aquaculture, and Seafood Businesses."
Copy and paste this link for an accompanying Q and A document:

NSGLC COVID Resources page ›

"A clearinghouse of reliable information on CARES Act programs and other issues associated with COVID-19 for the fishing, aquaculture, and seafood industries. This page is updated frequently as questions are received and resources come online."

COVID Small Business Navigator ›

"Business Oregon collaborated with the Oregon Employment Department, the Secretary of State's Office and the Department of Consumer and Business Affairs to create a Small Business Navigator. The tool includes a hotline and a website containing comprehensive information on key programs for small businesses impacted by COVID-19."

CARES Act tip sheet ›

The 'CARES Act Tip sheet for Self Employed Individuals’ prepared by the National Sea Grant Law Center that synthesizes much of the information presented in their webinars into a quick Q&A style reference.

ODFW is hosting virtual public meetings Oct. 8 and Oct. 22 to get the industry to help design next steps in reducing risk of whale and sea turtle entanglements in crab fishing gear. ›

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.

ODCC Public meeting June 26, 2020 ›

Meeting agenda for ODCC Conference Call Public Meeting on June 26, 2020.

ODCC Public Meeting May 13, 2020 ›

Meeting Minutes from public meeting at Coos Bay office and via Zoom.

ODCC Public Meeting Nov. 4, 2019 ›

Meeting minutes from public meeting held in Brookings.

ODCC marketing report from 3/4/19 meeting ›

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.

John Sackton Market Report for 2018 ›

On Thursday, November 2nd, 2017, John Sackton delivered his presentation on the outlook of the Dungeness crab fishery for 2018.

2017 John Sackton Report (video) ›

This is the Market Report that was video taped and put on YouTube

Notices to Fleet
ODFW: New Crab regulations, October meetings, and pre season testing issues ›

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.

Important notice from ODFW of July 1 changes and more ›

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).

USCG Marine Safety Information Bulletin - Novel Coronavirus update 3 17 2020 ›

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.

Oregon Dungeness Crab Commission joins alliance to give fishermen stronger voice ›

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.

ODFW October 2019 Crab Industry meetings - Whale Entanglement Risk Reduction Phase II ›

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.

OSU buoy is AWOL ›

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 or call 541-737-3079.

Anchored receivers deployed ›

Anchored receivers are being deployed off of Reedsport again this year. The anchored receivers will be out for about 3 weeks. They record fish that are carrying acoustic transmitters

Commercial Fishery Permit Board needs members ›

Currently there are several vacancies on the Commercial Fishery Permit boards and ODFW is hoping that permit holders are interested in serving as a member of a Commercial Fishery Permit Board. If you know of someone that would be an ideal candidate for one of the public positions, please have them contact ODFW for an application.

Whale Entanglement Workshop materials ›

Materials available from the Workshop in April

Wave Measurement Buoy Notice of Deployment ›

Lakeside/Reedsport Research Buoy location and notification

Genetic research on 2017 2018 larval recruits in the California Current Ecosystem ›

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

Shanks OIMB Research 2019 ›

Megalope return study of 2019, released in April of 2020.

Commissioned study utilizing Bio-Economic Model to study whale entanglement mitigation proposals ›

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.

Bio-Economic Model report ›

Report generated from the ODCC's funded research to produce a Bio-Economic model for the Oregon Dungeness crab fishery.

Bio-Economic RFP ›

Original RFP for research study

Bycatch Mortality Study ›

By Noelle Yochum, 2014

Shanks OIMB Research 2018 ›

Megalope return study

Shanks OIMB Research 2017 ›

Megalope return study

Genetic connectivity of Dungeness crab ›

Thesis defense on Dungeness study

Mating Success of Female Dungeness Crabs ›

Dr. Alan Shanks study for the commission

Current Domoic testing results ›

ODA Dungeness testing results

2019 "New" DA Letter to Processors ›

Letter for processors processing crab in 2019. from ODA

The Dungeness Dispatch, Volume 3, Issue 1 ›

Newsletter for the Oregon Dungeness crab fleet - dated July 17, 2020 (printable PDF version)

The Dungeness Dispatch, Volume 2, Issue 3 ›

Newsletter for the Oregon Dungeness crab fleet - dated October 16, 2019 (printable PDF version)

The Dungeness Dispatch, Volume 2, Issue 2 ›

Newsletter for the Oregon Dungeness crab fleet - dated August 2, 2019 (printable PDF version)

The Dungeness Dispatch, Volume 2, Issue 1 ›

Newsletter for the Oregon Dungeness crab fleet - dated February 25, 2019.

The Dungeness Dispatch, Volume 1, Issue 4 ›

Newsletter for our crab fishermen, Issue four - dated November 26, 2018.

The Dungeness Dispatch, Volume 1, Issue 3 ›

Newsletter for our crab fishermen, Issue three - dated August 24, 2018.

The Dungeness Dispatch, Volume 1, Issue 2 ›

Newsletter for our crab fishermen. Dated April 3, 2018

The Dungeness Dispatch, Volume 1, Issue 1 ›

Newsletter for our crab fishermen. Issue one - dated December 5, 2017.

11th Annual ODFW Dungeness Crab Fishery Newsletter - November 2019 ›

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."

10th Annual ODFW Dungeness Crab Fishery Newsletter - November 2018 ›

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..."

9TH Annual ODFW Dungeness Crab Fishery Newsletter - November 2017 ›

"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..."