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 forecasted sampling information and biotoxin test results on this page.
Commercial ODFW crab permit holders and ODA license holders are responsible for knowing the status of harvest zones. Sign up for alerts via email or text message, find biotoxin test results on the crab biotoxin data sheet, and see information below for status updates.
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Status of commercial crab harvest zones
CLOSED harvest zones
- Currently all zones are closed to commercial harvest for the annual ODFW closure. Crab harvest zones 50-J, 50-K and 50-L are currently closed due to elevated levels of domoic acid. Note that harvest zone 50-J is closed as a buffer zone.
EVISCERATE harvest zones
- No crab harvest zones are currently under a harvest restriction requiring evisceration due to elevated levels of domoic acid.
OPEN harvest zones
- Currently all crab harvest zones are closed to commercial harvest for the annual ODFW closure.
Forecasted commercial crab biotoxin sampling
- Crab may be sampled for biotoxins when any of the following occur: crab have already tested with elevated levels of domoic acid, razor clams in the area have tested above the limit for domoic acid, plankton net tows have shown the algae that produces domoic acid is present offshore, northern California or southern Washington is finding elevated levels of domoic acid in their crab or razor clams.
- Biotoxin results may take up to 5 days from the date of harvest.
- Additional preseason sampling for biotoxins is scheduled for the week of December 11th for zones 50-E, 50-G, 50-I, 50-K and 50-L.
Open: There are no biotoxin restrictions on the commercial harvest of crab from this zone.
Closed: The harvest zone is closed for all crab commercial harvest due to biotoxin results above the Federal limit.
Eviscerate (EVIS): All commercially harvested crab from this zone must be eviscerated due to elevated biotoxin levels in this zone or the adjacent zone. Evisceration means the removal and discarding of the entire intestinal tract, hepatopancreas, and all associated abdominal organs.
Recall: Commercially harvested crab from this zone must be recalled if harvested on this date due to elevated biotoxin levels.
Sampling (SAMP): This zone is currently being sampled and lab results may take up to five (5) days. This zone remains in the status it held prior to sampling status, however it could change beginning on the day the sample was taken based on lab results. Removing any harvest restriction (for example: to re-open) requires two sets of samples taken at least one week apart that all test below the limit. Crab sampling is dependent on weather and ocean conditions.
|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 Tahkenitch Creek
|Tahkenitch Creek to North Bend
|North Bend to Bandon
|Bandon to Cape Blanco
|Cape Blanco to Gold Beach
|Gold Beach to OR/CA border
New commercial crab rule
ODA has adopted the new crab rule OAR 603-025-0410
to describe the process for monitoring for domoic acid in Dungeness crab and recommend harvest restrictions.