Dungeness crab OK to harvest January 4

Fishermen can set their gear on January 1 and begin harvesting January 4

Imported Dungeness crabs are displayed for sale at Fisherman's Wharf, Thursday, Nov. 5, 2015. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)
Imported Dungeness crabs are displayed for sale at Fisherman's Wharf. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Dungeness crab is safe to eat and fishermen can begin harvesting January 4.

That’s the determination of the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife and the Oregon Department of Agriculture after testing revealed the domoic acid levels had fallen to a safe level.

Fishermen can set their gear on January 1 and begin harvesting January 4. Oregon and Washington will open at the same time.

“We are proud that Oregon took the high road and kept the public’s safety as the number one concern,” Hugh Link, the executive director of the Oregon Dungeness Crab Commission, said in a statement. “The public deserves the best and that’s what consumers will get: the best Oregon Dungeness crab.”

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