After consulting with industry advisors, ODFW and ODA are setting a provisional opening structure, pending additional domoic acid test results, for the commercial Dungeness crab fishery in the area from Cape Blanco to the OR/CA border.
Additional domoic acid samples were collected January 29th (Monday) from Brookings (Area 50-L) and Port Orford (Area 50-K), with results expected to be available on February 1st (Thursday). If all crab viscera results are below threshold, this will be the second test in a row, which is necessary to open the area without an evisceration order.
IF test results indicate that all crab viscera from those samples are below threshold, an immediate announcement will be made via ODFW’s email and text notification system, and the area will open without any evisceration restrictions as follows:
73 hr presoak begins (setting gear): February 4, 8:00AM
Hold Inspections: February 6, port schedules to be determined
Start date (pulling gear): February 7, 9:00AM
IF test results indicate that domoic acid levels in crab viscera remain elevated, there will NOT be an automatic opening under an evisceration order. In that case, ODFW and ODA will continue to consult with industry regarding the option to open under an evisceration order and will make additional announcements accordingly.
All domoic acid test results and testing schedules are on ODA’s website