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
- Testing for the 2020/2021 season has now concluded. The next round of testing will be pre-season tests for the 2021/2022 commercial season.
- Testing for zone 50 - A crab began on July 19th. Crab from zone 50-A was landed 7/20. All crab were below the action limit.
- Call our samplers to provide a sample of 6 crab from zones being tested:
Zones A through F: Jim Moore at 971-281-1318 or Barb Cripe at 503-508-0437
Zones G through L: Neil Jensen at 541-290-2397 or Linda White at 503-949-3282
- Razor clams continue to test above the limit for domoic acid in zone 50 - A, razor clams in zone 50 - E have fallen below the closure limit.
- 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:
- Currently there are no biotoxin restrictions for commercial crab harvest.
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.