NEWPORT, Ore. (AP) — State shellfish managers say the delayed commercial Dungeness crab fishery will open along all of Oregon’s coast on Dec. 31.
The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife said Friday that the ocean commercial Dungeness crab season in Oregon is targeted to open Dec. 1, but can be delayed to ensure a high-quality product.
Crab meat recovery testing in late November and early December showed many areas in the region did not meet the criteria for an opening. Officials say the delayed opening has allowed for crabs to fill with more meat.
Recreational crab harvesting is currently open coastwide in the ocean, bays and estuaries, and on beaches, docks, piers, and jetties.
Commercial Dungeness crab is Oregon’s most valuable fishery.