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 crab biotoxin zones. Check the ODFW website for commercial season openings and closures, license and permit requirements and commercial crabbing weekly updates. The following zone status information is regarding biotoxin results only.
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Commercial evisceration zones and orders
- Oregon crab: Crab containing viscera harvested from zone K are under an evisceration order effective 12:01 a.m. February 11, 2019, due to elevated levels of domoic acid in the crab viscera. Crab harvested from zones J and L are under an evisceration order effective 12:01 a.m. February 14, 2019, as a buffer zones to zone K. See the link below called Evisceration orders and recall information for details.
- California crab: Crab containing viscera harvested from California waters are under an evisceration order effective 12:01 a.m. January 15, 2019, due to elevated levels of domoic acid in the crab viscera. This remains in effect until further notice.
If you have crab from the zones and timeframes listed above, you must:
- Verify and record all crab received for the area/zone where it was harvested and the date of harvest
- Segregate and label affected crab
- Eviscerate (gut) crab prior to or after cooking
- Denature and destroy the viscera (guts) of the affected crab
- The viscera cannot be used, sold or given away for human or animal consumption or for use as bait.
- If you are not approved and licensed to eviscerate the crab you must either send it to a licensed crab processor who is approved to eviscerate crab, or denature and destroy the crab.
Biotoxin status in commercial crab zones
- Map of commercial crab zones with biotoxin status
- Crab biotoxin lab results
- Zones-A through I: viscera results are all below the limit for domoic acid. Zone A crab landed 3/8 were all below the limit for domoic acid in viscera (guts).
- Zones J, K and L are under an evisceration order. Zone K and Zone L crab are above the limit for domoic acid. Zone J is under evisceration orders as a buffer to zone K.
- Zone J crab landed 2/14 are below the limit for domoic acid.
- Zone K samples landed 2/19, 2/26 and 3/4 remain above the limit for domoic acid in viscera (guts).
- Zone L samples landed 3/5 are above the limit for domoic acid in viscera (guts).
- Zones J, K and L are scheduled for continued sampling the weeks of 3/11- 3/18. Zone J crab landed 3/13. Zone K and L crab landed 3/15.
Commercial Crab Status Table
|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
Commercial crab rule
ODA has adopted the crab rule OAR 603-025-0410
to describe the process for monitoring domoic acid in Dungeness crab and determining harvest restrictions.