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Based on recent domoic acid test results, there is a new open area around Newport, and a slight shift of the boundaries.

The annual conservation closure will close Clatsop County beaches to razor clamming from July 15 to Sept. 30.

Crabbing & Clamming

These crab are often overlooked in favor of Dungeness crab, but they are plentiful, have very liberal bag limits and make fine table fare.

Features: These crab can be identified by their black-tipped claws, wide fan-shaped carapace (body cover) and deep, brick-red color.

Habitat: As the name implies red rock crab prefer the harder substrate habitats such as rocks, pilings, and other structure. Red rock crab prefer higher salinities than Dungeness crab and therefore are usually found in larger estuaries, close to the ocean. They are most common in Coos, Yaquina, and Tillamook.

Techniques: Usually caught in combination with Dungeness crab, using the same techniques.