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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Evisceration zones and orders

No zones are currently under an evisceration order for elevated levels of domoic acid. 

Biotoxin status in crab zones

  • Map of commercial crab zones with biotoxin status​​
  • Biotoxin status in crab zones​
  • Crab biotoxin lab results
  • Zones 50-K and L are closed effective 10/18/18. 
  • Zone-L: Crab viscera landed on 11/06/18 , 11/15/18, 11/30/18, 12/8/18, 12/15/18 and 12/22/18 tested above the 30 ppm limit for domoic acid. Crab viscera landed on 12/29/18 and 1/07/19 all tested below the 30 ppm limit for domoic acid. Crab viscera landed on 1/14/19 tested above the limit for domoic acid. Crab meat samples continue to be below the 20 ppm limit for domoic acid.
  • Zone-K: Crab viscera landed on 11/6/18, 12/03/18, 12/15/18 and 1/13/19 are below the limit for domoic acid. Zone K remains closed as a buffer to Zone L. 
  • Zones-I and J: Crab viscera landed on 12/4 are all below the limit for domoic acid.
  • Zones-A through J: viscera results are all below the limit for domoic acid. 
  • Crab from zone L is scheduled to be resampled the week of 1/21/19.

Crab zones​

Crab zone area

Zone identifier​​

​OR/WA border to Cape Falcon ​50-A
​Cape Falcon to Cape Lookout ​50-B
​Cape Lookout to Cascade Head ​50-C
​Cascade Head to Cape Foulweather ​50-D
​Cape Foulweather to Yachats ​50-E
​Yachats to Heceta Head ​50-F
​Heceta Head to Tahkenitch Creek ​50-G
​Tahkenitch Creek to North Bend ​50-H
​North Bend to Bandon 50-I
​Bandon to Cape Blanco ​50-J
​Cape Blanco to Gold Beach ​50-K
​Gold Beach to OR/CA border ​50-L

New 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.​​​​​​​​​


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