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Fishery Closures by State

The NOAA Seafood Inspection Program oversees the export of live fishery products intended for human consumption in the United States. The Agricultural Marketing Act of 1946 (7 U.S.C. 1621-1627) is the primary legislation authorizing SIP to provide services, though the Fish and Wildlife Act of 1956 (16 U.S.C. 742e) also authorizes SIP activities related to commercial fisheries. Through cooperative agreements with state and local regulators, the program provides guidance, information, and/or certifications to the seafood industry attesting to the acceptability of live products relative to their purchase specifications as well as domestic and foreign requirements regarding their safety, animal health, and wholesomeness.

The export of live fishery products provides challenges and hurdles that require regular communication between U.S. federal and state agencies. To keep information transparent and immediately available to the U.S. industry, U.S. trade partners, and all foreign import authorities, SIP has provided the websites and links below. These resources include public health websites, animal disease controls, marine site maps, and general open/closure information. The information below is not comprehensive and represents only part of the program's final certification decision. SIP assumes no liability for the accuracy of this information.

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Alaska

Alaska Department of Health and Social Services—Information on public health risks associated with consuming fish and shellfish harvested from Alaska.

Alaska Department of Fish and Game—Information about Alaska fisheries, hatcheries, and shellfish farms (Alaska state law prohibits finfish farming), including real-time public health advisories.

Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation—Information on biotoxin monitoring in shellfish harvested from Alaska.

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California

California Department of Public Health—Real-time public health advisories on fish and shellfish monitored and harvested from California (e.g., paralytic shellfish poisoning and domoic acid advisories).

California Department of Fish and Wildlife—Real-time public health advisories of fish and shellfish harvested from California and information on state fisheries, hatcheries, and fish and shellfish farms.

California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment—State-specific information on health risks associated with consuming fish and shellfish harvested from California (e.g., mercury, PCBs, DDTs, PBDEs, oil)

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Maine

State of Maine, Department of Marine Resources—Real-time public health advisories on fish and shellfish monitored and harvested from Maine.

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Oregon

February 2, 2017: The Oregon Department of Agriculture and the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife announced the closure of the commercial crab fishery from the north jetty of Coos Bay to Heceta Head, north of Florence, due to elevated levels of domoic acid in crab viscera (i.e., internal organs). The area is also closed to recreational harvest.

Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife—Real-time public health advisories of fish and shellfish harvested from Oregon.

Oregon Department of Agriculture—Information about fish and shellfish farming in Oregon and real-time public health advisories.

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Washington

Washington State Department of Health: Real-time public health advisories and specific information on health risks associated with consuming fish and shellfish harvested from Washington (e.g., mercury, PCBs, DDTs, PBDEs, oil).

View a map of commercial harvest areas for Dungeness crabs in Puget Sound.

The regions outlined in this map are the only ones that are available to state commercial Dungeness crab harvesters in Puget Sound. They include:

Region 1: MFSF 20A, 20B, 2 1J\,218, 22A, 22B

Region 2 East: MFSF 24A, 248, 24C, 240, 26AE

Region 2 West: (25C not included), MFSF 258, 250, 26A W

Region 3-1: West Beach area, MFSF 23A and 238

Region 3-2: MFSF 25A, 25E, 23D

Region 3-3: MFSF 23C & 29

The state commercial fisheries are currently active in Region 1, Region 2 Eat, and Region 3 (subarea 3-1 and 3-3). Region 2 West and Region 3 (sub area 3-2) recently closed because because allocations have not been taken in those two areas; however, the abundance is good in these areas and harvesters may be going back into them soon if allocation increases are negotiated with treaty co-managers. 

Currently, there are only two active treaty commercial fisheries (Puget Sound Region I and Region 2 East), but allocation is available for treaty harvest in Region 2 West and Region 3 (subarea 3-2).

There are other treaty commercial fisheries that may open in the future that aren't shown on the map. These include Puget Sound Region 4 (marine fish shellfish catch reporting areas 26B and 26C) and Puget Sound Region 5 (areas 25C, 27A, 278, and 27C). Region 6 and Region 7 (areas 26D, 28A, 28B, 28C, and 280) are all closed due to abundance concerns.

View a map of these marine fish and shellfish catch reporting areas

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