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Dungies, Market crab
The stock structure of Dungeness crab (Cancer magister) on the Pacific coast of North America is not clear, with studies from Oregon showing no evidence of sub-structuring (O’Malley K, and Roegner C 2013) but studies from British Columbia showed differentiation of several populations (Beacham TD and Supernault J 2008). Further genetic studies with a broader scope are currently underway. Annual stock assessments are not conducted in Oregon. The fishery is managed state-wide based on size, sex and season restrictions (Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife 2014).
The Dungeness crab fishery is actively managed by the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) using a variety of measures, including effort control, gear requirements, and harvest control measures.