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Ocean Outlook

COASTWIDE - The Dungeness crab season for sport and commercial crabbers began Monday in the ocean, but hazardous seas have kept almost all recreational crabbers at bay and even scared some commercial outfits into harbors.

Ocean crab conditions are excellent.

The bottomfish season remains open, with the aggregate limit remaining six fish a day.

Bottomfish anglers coastwide are getting limits of rockfish and their two lingcod with decent regularity when weather and ocean conditions permit.

Rockfish anglers no longer must remain within the 20-fathom curve, opening bottomfishing opportunities in deep water.

All cabezon must be released unharmed through December.

The entire Oregon Coast remains closed to the recreational harvest of mussels due to elevated levels of paralytic shellfish poisoning toxins, also known as PSP.

The closure includes mussels on the beaches, rocks, jetties and at the entrance to bays. In addition, only the adductor muscle of scallops are safe to eat, and people should not eat whole scallops taken in the recreational fishery.

BROOKINGS - A hazardous-seas warning remains in effect off the Southern Oregon coast at least through tonight. A pressure trough off the coast will keep things dry and swells high into the weekend.

PORT ORFORD - Fishing in the bay near the port should be good for bottomfish but not lingcod.

Sport-crabbing began Monday but effort was very light.

COOS BAY - Crabbing remains very good in the bay and the crabs are starting to harden in their shells. That means more and better meat.

Ocean crabbing started but offshore efforts for Dungeness were light this week.

Clamming remains open and clammers still are working some of the flats around Charleston.