Recreational crabbing is open on the Oregon Coast
Tillamook County, Oregon, December 4, 2018—Tourism leaders on the Oregon Coast want people to know that Oregon recreational crabbing, which includes harvesting Dungeness Crab and Red Rock Crab, is open. While the state’s commercial crabbing season is delayed until at least Dec. 16, crabbing for recreational purposes in the bays is still permitted.
“We want Oregonians and visitors to the state to know that crabbing is open to the public,” said Nan Devlin, director of tourism for Visit Tillamook Coast. “Crabbing is always a fun, popular and tasty activity for visitors to the coast, especially during December and the holiday season. Whether it’s a family tradition or you’ve never been out crabbing before, we want people to know that they can go crabbing nearly year-round on the North Coast.”
For the family chef, EVOO Cooking School in Cannon Beach has a tasty Dungeness Crab Mac N’ Cheese recipe for enjoying your fresh-caught bounty. Combining pasta, cheese and sweet Oregon Dungeness crab meat exemplifies Oregon Coast comfort food. The crab meat is just as flavorful on its own for those who can’t wait for the pasta to boil!
Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife crab harvest limits and requirements are as follows:
- Dungeness Crab
- Daily limit: 12 (males only)
- 5-3/4″ minimum size for Dungeness crab.
- Correct size is measured as a straight line across the back (caliper measurement) in front of, but not including the points
- Red Rock Crab
- Daily limit: 24 crabs (any size or sex)
Crabs may be taken using crab rings, baited lines, or pots (limited to three rings/lines/pots total, per person); by hand, dip net, or rake. Pots may be left overnight. Holding pots or devices, or live boxes are only allowed in bays and estuaries, and may not hold more than two daily limits. A license to take marine shellfish is required for those 12 years and older.
There are several companies along the coast that can help visitors plan a crabbing adventure, including Jetty Fishery and Kelly’s Brighton Marina, both located on the Nehalem Bay. Whether it’s boat and equipment rentals or help learning how to catch, cook and eat crab, there are several resources for the first-timer or the lifelong crabber.
For individuals or families visiting the Tillamook Coast to go crabbing, there are many family-friendly lodging options for overnight stays, including the Inn at Cape Kiwanda in Pacific City, the Netarts Surf Inn in Tillamook and Sheltered Nook in Bay City. There are also several opportunities to experience the bounty of the Oregon Coast through the North Coast Food Trail.
For more information about Visit Tillamook Coast and family-friendly events and opportunities on the North Coast, call (503) 842-2672 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
About Visit Tillamook Coast
Oregon’s Tillamook Coast is one of the state’s natural wonders. Picturesque bays, inland waterways, forests, farmlands, rivers and ocean beaches offer visitors a wide range of nature-based activities from kayaking, fishing and surfing to beachcombing and hiking. Fresh seafood is abundant, as is world-famous cheese and award-winning beer. The Tillamook Coast’s villages, from Manzanita to Neskowin, each have their own unique heritage, personality and charm. For more information and to plan your getaway, visit www.tillamookcoast.com.