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Feb. 1, 2023
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Always check for closures at the ODA Shellfish Safety page before harvesting shellfish, which includes clams, crabs and mussels.
Mark your crab buoys
Open-ocean and bay crabbers must mark their buoys. See details here.
During fall and winter, negative low tides suitable for clamming occur in the evenings. Clammers should be mindful of safety while clamming at dark. Safety measures include not clamming in unfamiliar areas, bringing a reliable light source and avoiding clamming alone. Monitor the weather forecast and the swell and surf advisories before going out to make sure you can safely clam.
Always call the ODA shellfish safety hotline at 1-800-448-2474 or ODA shellfish closures website before harvesting for the most current information about shellfish safety closures.
Razor clams are CLOSED from the Columbia River to the California border due to toxin levels. Always call the ODA shellfish safety hotline at 1-800-448-2474 or ODA shellfish closures website before harvesting for the most current information about shellfish safety closures.
Crabbing (ocean, bay, estuaries, beaches, docks, piers) is open coastwide.
Ocean crabbing out of Depoe Bay has been good with 8-12 crabs per person. Bay crabbing in Newport and Waldport has been great with limits being reported. Crabbing out of Brookings remains slow.
In addition to Dungeness crab, another Oregon native present in some of Oregon’s estuaries is the red rock crab. Look for them in larger bays with jetties and other rocky habitats. Crabbers can retain 24 red rock crabs of any sex or size. There have also been higher numbers of Pacific rock crab in Yaquina Bay. This crab counts as your “Other” shellfish, which has a daily bag limit of 10 in aggregate with other species that fall in this category (see page 82 of the fishing synopsis for more details). While they look very similar to red rock crab, their long antennae and large claws distinguish them; they sometimes have spots on their abdomen.
Some crabbers in estuaries may also encounter non-native European green crab in their catch this year. While they look similar to Oregon’s native shore crabs, identify them by the three prominent bumps between the eyes and 5 spines down each side of their body (carapace). They are not always green and color is not a good identifying feature. The daily catch limit for European green crab has been increased to 35 per person per day. European green crab can be any size or sex. Learn more about this species.
Regulation updates as of Feb 2, 2023
These are in-season regulation changes adopted on a temporary or emergency basis. Please see for permanent regulations.
Before clamming or crabbing, call ODA’s shellfish safety information hotline at (800) 448-2474 or visit the ODA shellfish safety closures web page at: http://ODA.direct/ShellfishClosures
Dungeness and red rock crab.
- Crabbing (ocean, bays, estuaries, beaches, docks, piers) is open coastwide.
Effective Jan. 1, 2020, recreational crabbers will need to mark all floating surface buoys with the owner’s full name or business name and at least one of the following: phone number, permanent address, ODFW Angler ID number, or vessel identification number. Mark your information in a clear, legible, and permanent manner. While this rule does not apply to gear tied to docks, piers, jetties, or beaches, we recommend marking buoys on any gear that could become derelict or lost. Find more information here.
- Razor clamming in closed from the Columbia River to the California border due to high levels of domoic acid.
- Mussel harvest is now open along the entire Oregon coast.
- Harvest is prohibited.
Five-spine crab/European green crab
- This invasive species now has a limit of 35 per day to encourage harvest. Learn more about the species.