Recreation Report

Marine Zone

Regulation Updates

Regulation updates as of Feb. 16, 2018

These are in-season regulation changes adopted on a temporary or emergency basis. Please see e-regulations for permanent regulations.

ABALONE TEMPORARILY SUSPENDED

Effective Jan. 1, 2018, harvest of abalone in Oregon is closed, pending a review by the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission at their March 16, 2018 hearing. The season has been temporarily suspended due to concerns over the health of Oregon abalone population and potential increases in fishing effort that may result from the closure of the abalone fishery in Northern California. See news release.

Harvest of scallops remains open and permits for scallops remain available, per the 2018 Oregon Sport Fishing Regulations.

DUNGENESS CRAB

  • Effective Feb. 16, all recreational crabbing on the southern Oregon coast from Cape Blanco to the California border is CLOSED due to elevated levels of domoic acid. This includes Dungeness and red rock crab harvested from the ocean as well as in bays and estuaries, and on beaches, docks, piers, and jetties.
  • Recreational crab harvesting from Cape Blanco north to the Columbia River remains open the ocean, in bays and estuaries, and on beaches, docks, piers, and jetties.

For your safety, call the Oregon Department of Agriculture Shellfish Safety Hotline before harvesting clams or mussels at 1-800-448-2474 or
check their
website.

RAZOR CLAMS

  • Open from the Columbia River to Cascade Head. This includes the Clatsop County beaches.
  • Closed from Cascade Head, north of Lincoln City, to the to the California border for elevated levels of domoic acid. This includes all beaches and bays.
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RAZOR CLAMS

The popular Clatsop County beaches are open to razor clamming. Expect to find fewer, but larger, clams.

Fall and winter harvesting of razor clams can be a challenging endeavor. Unlike the spring and summer, low tides are in the evenings and at night when visibility is poor or nonexistent. Typical to the Oregon coast, the fall and winter brings large storm events which keep the razor clams from ‘showing’ as readily and can also be a safety risk with surging water and debris on the beach. Make sure to monitor swell and surf advisories as well as predicted wind prior to harvesting. Combined seas greater than 10 feet and winds greater than 20mph will make harvesting difficult for all, including the most experienced harvester.

BAY CLAMS

Bay clamming is open along the entire Oregon Coast from the Columbia River to the California border. Check out the Where to Clam articles for places to find them.

This upcoming month we will see some good negative afternoon/evening tides, providing some daylight for clamming opportunities. Remember to always exercise caution when going out to clam at night.

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.

MUSSELS

Mussel harvest is open along the entire Oregon coast.

CRAB

Crabbing in Coos Bay has been fair to moderate. Winchester Bay has been poor with the muddy water associated with recent rains.

Bay crabbing in Yaquina Bay is spotty.