Dungeness Crab Season Delayed Along West Coast

ASTORIA, Ore. (AP) – Northern California and Oregon’s Dungeness crab fisheries will not open until at least Dec. 31 after testing by fishery managers in both states revealed crabs are still too low in meat yield in some areas of the coast. The valuable commercial fishery traditionally opens on December 1st. In November, fishery managers announced the season would be delayed until mid-December because crabs were not plump enough. The commercial Dungeness crab fishery is managed under a tri-state agreement between Washington state, Oregon and California. On December 4th, multiple areas within the region still did not meet the criteria for an opening. Agencies will continue testing crab to determine if the season should open Dec. 31 in or be delayed further.

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