The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife has delayed the opening of the ocean commercial Dungeness crab season in Oregon through Dec. 30.
The season along the Oregon coast normally opens Dec. 1, but can be delayed to make sure the crab are allowed enough time to grow and become a high-quality product for consumers.
Some quality tests showed that some areas did not meet minimum preseason test criteria.
In Oregon, crabbers will be allowed to begin setting their gear in the ocean for a gear pre-soaking period starting at 8:01 a.m. on Dec. 28 and start harvesting crab at 12:01 a.m. on Dec. 31.
Recreational harvest of crab in the ocean and in Oregon's bays will remain open.
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