The Oregon Department of Agriculture (ODA), working 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. It does not refer to seasons, limits, or any other parameters other than biotoxin status.
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Biotoxin status in commercial crab zones
- Map of commercial crab zones with biotoxin status
- Crab biotoxin lab results
- The current round of testing began on 4/05 for zones A, E, H, I, K and L. Crab from zones A and E were landed on 4/05 are all below the limit. Crab from zone K was landed 4/06 and are all below the limit. Samples from zones H and I were landed 4/08, and zone L on 4/09. Results from zones H, I and L, are all below the limit. The next round of crab sampling will begin on Monday May 3rd.
- All crab from the previous round of testing were below the alert level.
- Zones A, E, H and I, are zones with razor clams that have tested above their closure limit. Zones K and L are being tested based on a lack of razor clam samples from Gold Beach, which is the boundary between zone K and L, and based on their history of being the most violative zones in our state.
- Lifting an evisceration order in any zone with violative crab viscera requires two good sets of samples, at least one week apart. Buffer zones may only need one good set of samples.
Commercial evisceration zones and orders
- Oregon crab:
- Click on the link below titled 'Evisceration orders and recall information' for current and historical order and recall information.
- Zones A through L - currently there are no biotoxin restrictions for commercial crab harvest.
- Washington crab:
- Evisceration order in effect from Point Chehalis, Washington to the Oregon border for crab landed on and after 2/16/21 and for inside Grays Harbor for crab landed on and after 2/24/21.
Here are the instructions for when an evisceration and/or recall order is in effect:
- 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.
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 Waldport
|Waldport 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.