ILWACO — The opening of commercial Dungeness crab season will likely be delayed until Jan. 1, according to the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife.
A decision won't be official until after a conference call Friday at noon by Tri-State managers. The mainland West Coast crab fishery is managed by a consortium of Washington, Oregon and California officials.
The most recent round of testing found crab in Pacific and Clatsop counties either at or very near the minimum 23 percent meat requirement. However, crab in southern Oregon were still significantly under weight.
If the season opens Jan. 1, it will be two weeks earlier than the 2017-18 season — which didn't start until Jan. 15 — and on par with the 2016-17 season, which started Jan. 1, 2017.