Coast Guard, wildlife officers monitor commercial crabbing fleets

(SBG photo)

COOS BAY, Ore. - With the opening of the Dungeness crab season, Coast Guard and wildlife officers from Oregon and Washington will be monitoring the commercial fleet.

Coast Guard aircraft have been conducting fly-overs in the southern part of the Oregon coast, keeping an eye on the crabbing areas.

Commercial crabbing officially opened December 15 for crabbers to set their gear south of Cape Blanco.

The Coast Guard will expand patrols to the north when the season opens for the entire coast on January 1.

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