Crab season finally opens on southern Oregon coast

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PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- Fears of underweight Dungeness crabs found in a November survey south of Gold Beach delayed the start of crabbing season by a month and a half.

On Thursday, the Oregon Department of Natural Resources announced the wait is over -- crabbing season will begin on Sunday along the entire coast.

Fishery managers made the decision in December to delay the season from about Gold Beach south to the California border.

Testing before December showed the percentage of meat in the crab by weight was too low.

Commercial crabbers can start setting their gear out on Thursday.