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2017-18 Commercial Crab Fishing Season Opening Weekly Updates

In accordance with the Tri-State protocol (pdf) pre-season testing in Oregon will begin in early November. Meat recovery and biotoxin results from the test fishery will be used as a basis for deciding the crab season opening date(s). In partnership with the Oregon Dungeness Crab Commission and the commercial Dungeness crab industry, ODFW collects and tests crab out of the six major crabbing ports in Oregon. Weekly testing updates, along with information about season opening status will be posted below. Weekly updates will be provided until the decision to open the season is made. 

Weekly Updates

Date

Update

1/19 – Friday

Test results from crab viscera samples collected on January 12th indicate domoic acid remains elevated in the southern Oregon area.  The fishery in this area will remain closed while additional sampling is conducted and an announcement will be made when results are available. ODFW and ODA, with input from industry, may consider opening the area under an evisceration order if elevated domoic acid in crab viscera persists and domoic acid levels in crab meat samples remain below the threshold level.

All domoic acid test results and testing schedules are on ODA’s website here
http://www.oregon.gov/ODA/programs/FoodSafety/Shellfish/Pages/CrabBiotoxinInfo.aspx

As a reminder, the area from Cape Blanco north to the Columbia River opened by regulation on January 15 without restriction.

Please call Troy Buell at 541.867.0300, ext. 225 with any questions.

1/11 – Thursday

The commercial Dungeness crab fishery in the area from Cape Blanco to the OR/CA border (southern Oregon area) will not open on January 15th due to the detection of elevated levels of domoic acid in samples collected on January 2nd.  The fishery in this area will remain closed for at least two more weeks while additional sampling is conducted and an announcement will be made when results are available.

Any vessels that begin fishing for crab anywhere within the Tri-State region (U.S. Canada border to Point Arena, CA) prior to the opening of the southern Oregon area must wait until 30 days after the area opens to begin fishing there.  The opening of the southern Oregon area will include provisions for a pre-soak period and the Department will attempt to notify industry of the opening structure at least five days prior to the beginning of the pre-soak period.

All domoic acid test results and testing schedules are on ODA’s website here
http://www.oregon.gov/ODA/programs/FoodSafety/Shellfish/Pages/CrabBiotoxinInfo.aspx

1/4 – Thursday

Results for the additional informational round of meat recovery rate testing in Astoria, Port Orford and Brookings areas are now available and posted above.

Additional domoic acid samples have been collected and are in the process of being analyzed by ODA. Results should be available this Friday, next Monday, or next Tuesday (Jan 5, 8, or 9). All domoic acid test results and testing schedules are on ODA’s website here
http://www.oregon.gov/ODA/programs/FoodSafety/Shellfish/Pages/CrabBiotoxinInfo.aspx

Please call Troy Buell at 541.867.0300, ext. 225 with any questions.
12/28 - Friday

By industry request, an additional round of meat recovery rate testing has been scheduled for the first week of January in Astoria, Port Orford and Brookings areas.  This additional test is for informational purposes only, and will not affect the opening of the fishery on January 15, 2018 in all areas that are not under a domoic acid health advisory at that time.

Additional domoic acid testing is also being conducted in some areas.  All domoic acid test results and testing schedules are on ODA’s website here
http://www.oregon.gov/ODA/programs/FoodSafety/Shellfish/Pages/CrabBiotoxinInfo.aspx

Any areas where the fishery opening is delayed past January 15, 2018 due to a domoic acid health advisory will have a 30-day fair start provision applied to any boats operating within the Tri-State region (Klipsan Beach, WA to Point Arena, CA).

ODA has tentatively scheduled state-sponsored price negotiations for January 8th and 9th in Newport.

Please call Troy Buell at 541.867.0300, ext. 225 with any questions.

12/21 - Thursday

Round three of preseason testing for meat recovery rate has been completed and results are posted above. 

Fishery managers from Washington, Oregon, and California met today and based on these results will open the fishery in areas that are not under a domoic acid health advisory on January 15, 2018.  For Oregon, the fishery will open from Cape Blanco north to the Columbia River.  See the latest notice above for pre-soak and hold inspection details.

The area from Cape Blanco to the Oregon/California border remains closed due to persistent domoic acid and the continuing ODA health advisory in the region. The opening date for this area has not yet been determined and will depend on results of additional domoic acid testing.  All domoic acid results from crab collected recently are posted on ODA’s website here http://www.oregon.gov/ODA/shared/Documents/Publications/FoodSafety/CurrentCrabBiotoxinData.pdf.

Please call Troy Buell at 541.867.0300, ext. 225 with any questions.

12/14 - Thursday

Round three of preseason testing for meat recovery rate is underway with boats for Astoria, Garibaldi, Port Orford, and Brookings areas picking up test pots either today or Friday.  Results will be posted above as they become available.

Crab are also being collected for domoic acid testing in some areas. All domoic acid results from crab collected recently are posted on ODA’s website here http://www.oregon.gov/ODA/shared/Documents/Publications/FoodSafety/CurrentCrabBiotoxinData.pdf.

A tri-state conference call between the three states’ management agencies has been tentatively scheduled for next Thursday (12/21) to decide the season opening structure based on round three results, for an official announcement on Friday (12/22).

Please call Troy Buell at 541.867.0300, ext. 225 with any questions.

12/7 - Thursday

The ocean commercial crab fishery has been delayed at least until Dec. 31st coast-wide. The press release can be found here http://www.dfw.state.or.us/news/2017/index.asp and the notice to industry is linked above this table.

All domoic acid results from crab collected recently are posted on ODA’s website here http://www.oregon.gov/ODA/shared/Documents/Publications/FoodSafety/CurrentCrabBiotoxinData.pdf.

In the next couple of weeks, we will be continuing to work closely with ODA, fishery managers from WA and CA, and the Oregon commercial Dungeness crab industry to test crab in some areas for both meat recovery and domoic acid.  If you are interested in volunteering for helping collect crab for future testing please call Kelly Corbett at 541.867.0300, ext. 244.

11/30 - Thursday

Round two meat recovery results from half of the quality areas are posted above. Results from the remaining areas will be posted as boats in each of the remaining ports get out to conduct the tests. The target completion date for round 2 of preseason testing is Dec. 7.

All domoic acid results from crab collected during this round of testing will be posted on ODA’s website here http://www.oregon.gov/ODA/shared/Documents/Publications/FoodSafety/CurrentCrabBiotoxinData.pdf.

11/27 - Monday

Round two of preseason testing for meat quality coastwide is underway and is targeted for completion by Dec.7th.  The second bullet above will be updated with meat recovery results as they become available.  Crab will also be collected for additional domoic acid testing in some areas.

All recreational and commercial bay crab harvest reopened from the north jetty of the Coquille River to the north jetty of Coos Bay. The press releases can be found here http://www.dfw.state.or.us/news/2017/index.asp. All domoic acid results from crab collected recently is posted on ODA’s website here http://www.oregon.gov/ODA/shared/Documents/Publications/FoodSafety/CurrentCrabBiotoxinData.pdf.

11/16 - Thursday

The ocean commercial crab fishery has been delayed at least until Dec. 16th coast-wide based on meat recovery and domoic acid results in recent weeks. The press release can be found here http://www.dfw.state.or.us/news/2017/index.asp and the notice to industry is linked above this table.

All domoic acid results from crab collected recently will be posted on ODA’s website here http://www.oregon.gov/ODA/shared/Documents/Publications/FoodSafety/CurrentCrabBiotoxinData.pdf.

In the next couple of weeks, we will be continuing to work closely with ODA, fishery managers from WA and CA, and the Oregon commercial Dungeness crab industry to test crab for both meat recovery and domoic acid.  If you are interested in volunteering for helping collect crab for future testing please call Kelly Corbett at 541.867.0300, ext. 244.

 

11/9 - Thursday

Boats from Brookings north to Newport got out early this week for round 1 of preseason testing.  Meat recovery results for these areas are posted above, along with WA and CA meat recovery results to-date.  Astoria and Garibaldi boats are planning to get out over the weekend and meat recovery results from those test will be posted when available.

All domoic acid results from crab collected during this first round of testing will be posted on ODA’s website here http://www.oregon.gov/ODA/shared/Documents/Publications/FoodSafety/CurrentCrabBiotoxinData.pdf.

11/2 - Thursday

The recreational and commercial bay crab closure was extended up to North Bend (including the Coos Bay estuary).  The press release can be found here http://www.dfw.state.or.us/news/2017/index.asp.

Round one of preseason testing for meat quality and domoic acid coastwide is scheduled for next week.  When all the test are completed a link to the meat quality results will be posted above this table and the domoic acid results will be posted on ODA’s website here http://www.oregon.gov/ODA/shared/Documents/Publications/FoodSafety/CurrentCrabBiotoxinData.pdf.

If you are interested in volunteering in additional rounds of testing if needed please call Kelly Corbett at 541.867.0300, ext. 244.

10/25 - Wednesday

All recreational and commercial bay crab harvest from Bandon (including the Coquille estuary) down to the OR/CA border was closed due to elevated levels of domoic acid detected in crab viscera samples. The press releases can be found here http://www.dfw.state.or.us/news/2017/index.asp.  We are collecting more crab samples for domoic acid testing only from these same areas (50K and 50-L) and areas 50-J and 50-I this week.

Round one of preseason testing for meat quality and domoic acid coastwide is scheduled for the week of Nov 6th.  We are still looking for volunteer vessels for the tests off Astoria and Port Orford for round 1.  If you are interested in volunteering in one of these ports or other ports in additional rounds of testing if needed please call Kelly Corbett at 541.867.0300, ext. 244.

10/20 - Friday

This past week crab were collected from crab harvest areas 50-K and 50-L for domoic acid testing. Results from these tests will be posted on ODA’s website at: http://www.oregon.gov/ODA/shared/Documents/Publications/FoodSafety/CurrentCrabBiotoxinData.pdf.

Round one of preseason testing for meat quality and domoic acid coastwide is scheduled for the week of Nov 6th.  We are looking for volunteer vessels for the tests off Astoria and Port Orford for round 1.  If you are interested in volunteering in one of these ports or other ports in additional rounds of testing if needed please call Kelly Corbett at 541.867.0300, ext. 244.

10/12 - Thursday

An early round of preseason crab collection in crab harvest areas 50-K and 50-L for domoic acid testing only is scheduled for the end of this week and next week. Domoic acid results will be posted on ODA’s website at: http://www.oregon.gov/ODA/shared/Documents/Publications/FoodSafety/CurrentCrabBiotoxinData.pdf.

Round one of preseason testing for meat quality and domoic acid coastwide is scheduled for the week of Nov 6th.  We are still looking for volunteer vessels for the tests off Astoria and Coos Bay for round 1.  If you are interested in volunteering in one of these ports or other ports in additional rounds of testing if needed please call Kelly Corbett at 541.867.0300, ext. 244.

 

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