Commercial Crabbing To Begin Along West Coast Following Delay

Fishery managers say commercial fishermen in parts of Oregon and Washington State will finally be able to set their Dungeness crab gear on Tuesday.

Posted: Dec. 30, 2018 3:09 PM
Updated: Dec. 30, 2018 3:11 PM

ASTORIA, Ore. (AP) - Fishery managers say commercial fishermen in parts of Oregon and Washington State will finally be able to set their Dungeness crab gear on Tuesday.

Fisherman can begin pulling their gear on Friday.

The lucrative commercial fishery traditionally starts Dec. 1.

But the fishery was delayed this year after tests showed crab had not filled out enough.

Crab are still below the meat quality criteria required by the state in Oregon between Cape Arago and Gold Beach. Those areas will remain closed.

Recent testing shows crab are just above the required threshold in areas of Oregon and Washington state that will reopen.

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