Commercial Dungeness Crab Season: Surveys revealed that legal-sized male Dungeness crabs still lacked sufficient recoverable flesh in their shells, therefore the prime harvest zones from Klipsan Beach, Washington, to Cape Falcon, Oregon, would not open until February 1.
Government Officials Postpone The Commercial Dungeness Crab Season
Washington and Oregon Fish and Wildlife Agencies made the joint statement late last week, according to The Seattle Times. Crabbers are dissatisfied with the delayed commencement of the 2022-2023 commercial season. The 2021 harvest season began on December 1.
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Washington state’s most lucrative commercial fishery is the Dungeness crab catch. Crabbers have made an average of $47.92 million over the past decade thanks to the seasons.
Crabbers will have 73 hours, starting at 8 a.m. on January 29 and ending at 8 a.m. on February 1, to prepare their pots for the season.
Oceanic crab fisheries conducted by indigenous peoples are now active.
State officials delay commercial Dungeness crab season in parts of Washington, Oregon https://t.co/1xexiCcqKt
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Beginning on January 15th, commercial crab fishing is permitted in the Oregon coastal waters between Cape Falcon and Cape Arago. Until February 1st, all land north of Cape Falcon is off-limits.
The most current update states, “ODFW is postponing the opening of the region south of Cape Arago to the Oregon/California border after consultation with the crab business, ODA, and California and Washington fisheries management.” Further testing for domoic acid and the establishment of a season-opening plan for the region is dependent on this postponement.
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The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) has announced a temporary regulation that would allow commercial crabbers to land Dungeness crabs in waters that are normally off-limits to their trade.
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