Tests suggest Oregon crabbing could re-open soon

MEDFORD, Ore. (AP) --  Authorities say the levels of harmful domoic acid that closed South Coast crab fisheries are now falling, and crabbers could return within weeks.

All eyes are on Monday's results of Dungeness samples taken last weekend for Brookings and Port Orford to see whether they've dropped below health-alert levels, as they did in Coos and Winchester bays, or remain potentially unhealthy, as ports in Northern California are seeing.

The Meford Mail Tribune reports (http://bit.ly/1LCm7Rg ) that if the results are good, sport-crabbers could be back on South Coast bays in less than two weeks. Oregon's commercial crabbing fleet could set out Dec. 15.

Sport crabbing in the area has been closed since Nov. 13 and the commercial season set to start Dec. 1 already has been delayed.

Information from: Mail Tribune, http://www.mailtribune.com/