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Start of Dungeness crab season coming in January

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A stack of imported Dungeness crabs are shown for sale as people eat them in the background at Fisherman’s Wharf Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2015, in San Francisco. California’s Dungeness crab season will not open in time for Christmas. The latest tests of crab from Crescent City to Monterey this month show levels of domoic acid, […]

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife is still waiting on test results from Washington to determine when it will open this year’s crab season.

The World reports that a boat was sent out Thursday to gather meat quality results in the Long Beach, Washington area to determine if Dungeness crab have filled up with more meat, but was unsuccessful.

The crew attempted again Friday and was able to collect its equipment but test results won’t be ready until Saturday morning. The fishery north of Cape Arago will not be open on Jan. 3 due to the delay.

Oregon Fish and Wildlife and the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife will announce the opening date Saturday, which could either be postponed to Jan. 4-5 or Jan. 15.

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