Commercial ocean crabbing is still delayed until Dec. 16, but some parts of the Oregon Coast have opened for recreational crabbing.
The Oregon Department of Agriculture and the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife announced Tuesday that recreational crabbing is now open from the north jetty of the Coquille River to the Columbia River. The reopening applies to crab harvested in ocean waters, bays and estuaries and on beaches, docks, piers and jetties. An area from Tahkenitch Creek, north of Winchester Bay, to Cape Foulweather, north of Newport, was closed due to elevated levels of the naturally occurring marine toxin domoic acid. Recent crab samples taken from the area indicate levels have dropped and remain below alert levels. Recreational crab harvesting remains closed along the southern Oregon Coast from the north jetty of the Coquille River — including the Coquille estuary — to the California border. Despite the commercial closure, crab and shellfish products sold in retail markets and restaurants remain safe for consumers.