ODFW Commercial Dungeness Crab Fishery Update

Photo Credit: Courtesy of ODFW

by OR Department of Fish & Wildlife Staff

In consultation with the Oregon Department of Agriculture (ODA), the Oregon commercial crab industry, and California and Washington fishery managers, we are 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. The most recent samples of crab viscera from Oregon’s areas A, B and the Columbia River were all below the action level of 30ppm, see ODA results here. However, results from recent domoic acid testing of crab conducted by the state of Washington continue to exceed federally established thresholds for human health (see results here), and therefore Washington is delaying the coastal fishery until further testing is conducted.

Oregon’s harvest area 50-A (Cape Falcon to the OR/WA border) will remain closed beyond January 15. We plan to talk with industry advisors and Tri-State managers again next week once additional DA results are available from WA.

ODA will continue to regularly test crab viscera from all areas in Oregon that have razor clam domoic acid results above the alert level of 20ppm.

See ODFW's commercial crab season opening updates located here for more information. 

More Reports

OR Department of Fish & Wildlife Reports
for Thursday, January 7th
: ODFW Recreation Report
Ana River: Fly-Fishing Reports Indicate Fishing Has Been Slow
Krumbo Reservoir: Likely Some Surface Ice
Phillips Reservoir: Fishing Well Through The Ice
Pilcher Reservoir: Good Numbers of Trout
Warm Springs Reservoir: Still Some Open Water
Coos River: Coos River Basin Report
Coquille River: Steelhead rivers in the Coquille Basin are currently high and muddy
Fish Lake : Ice is About 6 Inches Thick
Illinois River: The river is expected bump up again after recently cresting
Lost Creek Reservoir: Lost Creek Reservoir Fishing Report
Rogue River - Middle: The periodic bumps in rain should be as good of conditions as the Rogue has seen in January for a few years
Rogue River Upper: Upper Rogue River Report
Kilchis River: Should Drop into Prime Condition Late This Week
Necanicum River: Still High and Off Color As of Tuesday
Nehalem River: Should Be Dropping Into Good Condition Late This Week
Nestucca River: Nestucca River Report
Trask River: Should Drop Into Good Conditions By The Weekend
Wilson River: Winter Steelhead Season Got Off to A Decent Start
Clackamas River: Clackamas River Report
McKenzie River: Hendricks Bridge Boat Ramp is Now Open!
Sandy River: Sandy RIver Report
Santiam River North Fork-2: River is Running Aroudn 9,800 CFS
Santiam River (South Fork): River is in Flood Conditions At This Time
Willamette River: Willamette River Report
Hood River: Recent Rains Have Brought Above Average Flows
Grande Ronde River: Fishing will be very weather dependent over the next two months
Imnaha River: Imnaha River Report
Wallowa River: Steelhead season is open and a few anglers have reported catching fish

The Dalles Pool sturgeon retention season closes tonight
Columbia River

CLACKAMAS, Ore. – The recreational sturgeon season in The Dalles Pool (The Dalles Dam upstream to John Day Dam) will close...... Read More