NEWPORT, Ore. – The traditional December 1 opening of the commercial Dungeness crab season will be delayed until at least December 16.
The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife said crab testing in early November showed crabs were low in meat.
Wildlife officials said they're delaying the season to ensure a high-quality product to consumers and avoid wasting the resource.
Officials said a second round of crab quality testing will happen in early December, and the results will be used to determine if the season should open by December 16 or be further delayed.
Commercial Dungeness crab is Oregon's most valuable fishery.
Last year's season opening was also delayed but still brought in the highest ex-vessel value ever with $62.7 million.