The ocean season normally opens Dec. 1 but officials said Friday the opening can be delayed to provide a better product to consumers. Last year's season didn't open until Dec. 31.
Testing showed some areas did not meet minimum pre-season criteria.
Department officials say fishery managers from Oregon, Washington and California met Friday and decided to delay the season opening from southwest Washington's Klipsan Beach south to the Oregon-California border.
The recreational crab harvest in the ocean off Oregon will open as scheduled on Dec. 1.
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