Crab off the Curry County coast just received the first of two needed clean domoic acid tests, meaning the season could open in the area from Cape Blanco to the Oregon-California border within two weeks, it was announced Wednesday.
Test results showed the highest level of domoic acid was 28 ppm; a crab must test below 30 ppm before a zone can be opened for fishing. Other tests in the zone from Gold Beach to the Oregon-California border ranged from 9.7 to 18 ppm.
To open the season here, there must be two consecutive clean tests.
Fishermen on the West Coast were permitted to set their pots Jan. 1 and begin collecting them Jan. 4, according to the state Department of Agriculture. Fishermen here have the option of waiting until the local zones are deemed clear of domoic acid or fishing farther north and selling their product there.