Caddy and three other coastal legislators are working to limit closures of crab fishing due to domoic acid.
“Our crab fishers are struggling and so are their families,” said Brock Smith, whose district is affected by the recent closure. “With the delay in opening of the crab season due to elevated levels of domoic acid, and now the regional closure off southwest Oregon, our fishers are being hit extremely hard and this bill couldn’t come soon enough for them,” said Brock Smith. “This tracking and data collection will help isolate the affected areas and allow more certainty to ODA on localized closures,” he said. “This legislation will also allow for more flexibility in evisceration orders, while keeping the public safe and helping our fishing industries continue to be successful.”