Status of commercial crab harvest areas
See below for chart of harvest areas and biotoxin management zones.
CLOSED biotoxin management zones
- No crab harvest areas are currently closed due to elevated levels of domoic acid.
RESTRICTED biotoxin management zones
- No crab harvest areas are currently under a harvest restriction requiring evisceration due to elevated levels of domoic acid.
OPEN harvest areas
Forecasted commercial crab sampling
- Bay crab samples obtained from Alsea Bay and Yaquina Bay the first week of October. Results should be available the second week of October.
- Preseason sampling is currently scheduled for the first two weeks in November.
Harvest areas and biotoxin management zones
|OR/WA border to Cape Falcon
|Cape Falcon to Cape Lookout
|Cape Lookout to Cascade Head
|Cascade Head to Cape Foulweather
|Cape Foulweather to Yachats
|Yachats to Heceta Head
|Heceta Head to Takenitch Creek
|Takenitch Creek to North Bend
|North Bend to Bandon
|Bandon to Cape Blanco
|Cape Blanco to Gold Beach
|Gold Beach to OR/CA border
Oregon crab biotoxin data
The Oregon Department of Agriculture (ODA), in cooperation with the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW), will schedule commercial crab sampling. ODA will post sampling schedules above and will alert the crab industry.
ODA will alert ODFW and the crab industry when domoic acid results in crab viscera or meat have been received from the ODA Portland laboratory. Results will be posted on the crab biotoxin data online form.
Oregon commercial crab biotoxin map
Commercial Crab Rules Advisory Committee
Managing seafood harvest for food safety is essential to protect the health of Oregonians. This Rules Advisory Committee (RAC) will help shape Oregon Administrative Rules (OARs) for the Oregon Department of Agriculture (ODA) and the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) to describe the management use of evisceration orders and harvest area closures when biotoxin is detected in crab viscera or meat. This will help protect the health of consumers.
- RAC members will advise the agencies over 2 to 3 meetings on rules and process describing under what conditions evisceration may be used for crab harvest and how to implement closures, when necessary.
- Conditions must maximize traceability of live market crab to minimize risk of public exposure to biotoxins. This includes improving traceability for the purposes of communication with crab buyers and for the purposes of inventory evaluation for crab processors.
- The ODFW committee webpage contains specific information on the progress of this workgroup along with information on how to contact committee members for input or questions.
New Commercial Crab Rule
ODA is currently in the process of adopting OAR 603-025-0410, to describe the process for monitoring for domoic acid in Dungeness crab and recommend harvest restrictions. See the Oregon Bulletin September 2017
(page 9) for a description of this rule.