The Commencement of the Commercial Dungeness Crab Season in Oregon is Still Delayed

Dungeness Crab Season: The ocean commercial Dungeness crab season will not reopen until at least January 15, 2023, and it will remain closed until then.

The third round of pre-season testing revealed that both the southern and northern beaches continue to have crabs with an unacceptably low meat yield. There is still evidence of elevated domoic acid in some of the crab viscera (guts).

The Commencement of the Commercial Dungeness Crab Season in Oregon is Still Delayed

In the next weeks, there will be additional testing done on the biotoxin levels and crab meat yield. Based on the results, it is possible to estimate which regions of Oregon will open on January 15, 2023, and which will be further delayed.

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The beginning of the ocean commercial Dungeness crab season in Oregon, which was scheduled to begin on December 1 but can be postponed to ensure that customers receive a high-quality product and crabs are not discarded. Both the commercial fishing business and the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife place a high value on delivering high-quality goods to end users.

In collaboration with the Oregon Dungeness Crab Commission, the Oregon Department of Agriculture (ODA), and the commercial Dungeness crab business, the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) conducts tests on crabs taken from Oregon’s six major crabbing ports. The protocol for evaluating the quality of tri-state crab can be found online.

There is an online resource that provides a history of commercial crab landings in Oregon.

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