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On Friday, December 8, 2017, the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission set the regulations for the 2018 recreational bottomfish fishery.
Beginning January 1, 2018, the recreational bottomfish fishery will re-open to all-depths with a 5 fish marine fish daily bag limit.
Lingcod will continue to have a 2 fish (minimum size 22 inches) bag limit.
Thursday, December 7, 2017
NEWPORT, Ore. – The opening of the commercial Dungeness crab season will be delayed until at least Dec. 31 along the entire Oregon coast as testing shows crabs are still too low in meat yield in some areas of the coast.
The ocean commercial Dungeness crab season in Oregon is targeted to open Dec. 1, but can be delayed to ensure a high-quality product to consumers and to avoid wastage of the resource. Crab quality testing in late November and early December showed that half of the areas still did not meet the criteria for an opening. The delayed opening will allow for crabs to fill with more meat.
Testing will continue to determine if the season should open Dec. 31, be further delayed, or be split into two areas with different opening dates. In conjunction with the delayed ocean commercial season, commercial harvest of Dungeness crab in Oregon bays is now closed for the remainder of the year.
The delay in the ocean commercial season at this time is not directly related to the recent recreational crabbing closures that have affected some areas of the coast (currently, south of the north jetty of the Coquille River to California). These closures are due to elevated levels of the biotoxin domoic acid detected in crab. The Oregon Department of Agriculture (ODA) continues to monitor domoic acid levels in crab, and recreational and commercial crabbing in affected areas will remain closed or harvest restrictions will be put in place until test results indicate that crab harvested from them are safe to consume.
Despite the commercial delay and some recreational closures, crab and shellfish products sold in retail markets and restaurants remain safe for consumers. For more information on ODA health closures, call ODA’s shellfish safety information hotline at (800) 448-2474 or visit the ODA shellfish closures web page.
Commercial Dungeness crab is Oregon’s most valuable fishery. Last year’s season opening was also delayed but still brought in the record high ex-vessel value of $62.7 million, with 20.4 million pounds landed (about 22 percent above the 10-year average).
Troy Buell (541) 867‐0300 ext. 225
December 5, 2017
The Oregon Department of Agriculture and the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife announce that recreational crabbing is now open from the north jetty of the Coquille River to the Columbia River.
An area from Tahkenitch Creek (north of Winchester Bay) to Cape Foulweather (north of Newport) was previously closed due to elevated domoic acid levels. Recent crab samples taken from the area indicate these levels have dropped and remain below the alert level.
This reopening of the recreational season applies to crab harvested in the ocean and in bays and estuaries, and on beaches, docks, piers, and jetties. Recreational crab harvesting remains closed along the southern Oregon coast from the north jetty of the Coquille River (including the Coquille estuary) to the California border.
Below is a guide for what is currently open and closed for both recreational and commercial crab fishermen. Before crabbing, please confirm the status of ODFW/ODA harvest areas relative to concerns about elevated biotoxins at the website below.
Recreational crabbing – Currently open in the ocean and in all bays and estuaries that are not under the health advisory.
Commercial ocean crabbing – Delayed in all areas until at least December 16.
Commercial bay crabbing – Commercial bay crabbing remains closed in all areas due to the delay in the ocean commercial Dungeness crab fishery.
Despite the commercial closure, crab and shellfish products sold in retail markets and restaurants remain safe for consumers.
It is always recommended to eviscerate the crab and discard the “butter” (viscera or guts) prior to cooking. When whole crab are cooked in liquid, domoic acid may leach into the cooking liquid. It is recommended to discard the cooking liquid, and do not use it in other dishes, such as sauces, broths, soups, stews, stocks, roux, dressings, etc. The consumption of crab viscera is not recommended.
For more information, call ODA’s shellfish safety information hotline at (800) 448-2474 or visit the ODA shellfish closures web page.
Alex Manderson, ODA, (503) 842-2607
Mitch Vance, ODFW, (541) 867-0300
The Port of Port Orford is a unique Port in the heart of a unique town. The first thing you will see as you come down the hill to the high dock are the two large yellow cranes. The second thing is the lack of a harbor. It is home to the only ‘dolly dock’ on the West Coast, where vessels are launched and retrieved using the cranes, and housed on homemade dollies when not fishing. Come down and visit, but be careful! This is working Port, so watch your step!
The Port of Port Orford is located in one of the most picturesque places on the Oregon Coast. The history of this area is rich and fascinating. Beginning with the founding of Port Orford by Captain William Tichenor in 1851 to the current uniqueness of the Port Orford fishing community, Port Orford has always been a source of change for the Oregon Coast.
To find out more about the Port Orford area, stop in the Port Orford Visitor’s Center at Battle Rock Wayfinding Point, research with the help of our friendly librarians at the Port Orford Library, or check out other area links.
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