Submitted by the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife
The Oregon Department of Agriculture and the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife announce that recreational crabbing is now open from Cape Blanco, north of Port Orford, to the California border.
Crab samples taken from the area indicate that levels of the marine biotoxin domoic acid have dropped below the alert level.
Commercial crabbers in this area can set gear for a three-day presoak beginning Sunday, Feb. 4 and start landing crab on Wednesday, Feb. 7. For more details on the commercial opening schedule, see the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife website.
ODA and ODFW will continue monitoring marine toxins in crab and shellfish to ensure that the concentrations remain below the alert level.
For more information on toxins, call ODA’s shellfish safety information hotline at 800-448-2474 or visit the ODA shellfish closures web page.