At the request of Oregon fishermen, Oregon Sea Grant convened a multi-stakeholder working group in May, 2017. The primary goal of the working group is to develop short- and long-term options for reducing the risk of whale entanglements in Dungeness crab and other fixed gear to ensure thriving and resilient fisheries in Oregon and along the entire west coast. 

All working group meetings are open to the public, with priority given to working-group member contributions during discussions. Time is reserved for public input at each meeting. Most working group meetings will take place in Newport, Oregon. See below for links to working group documents, including meeting agendas and summaries. 

For more information, please contact:

Amanda Gladics,, (503) 325-8573 ext. 265

Kaety Jacobson,, (541) 574-6534 ext. 57427

Current Working Group Members

List of Working Group Members


ODFW Reducing the Risk of Whale Entanglements in Oregon Dungeness Crab Gear (Presentation from Oct. 2018 Industry Meetings)

2018-2019 Oregon Whale Entanglement Working Group Best Practices Directive

2017 West Coast Whale Entanglement Summary Report

2016 West Coast Whale Entanglement Summary Report

November 26, 2018 Meeting

Agenda 11/26/2018 

September 4, 2018 Meeting

Agenda 9/4/2018 

NMFS preliminary update on 2018 reported whale entanglements 8/26/2018 

June 20, 2018 Meeting

Agenda 6/20/2018

NMFS preliminary update on 2018 reported whale entanglements 

April 11, 2018 Meeting

Agenda 4/11/2018

Fleet Survey Document

Preliminary Results from Fleet Survey

Fran Recht's presentation on Ropeless Gear Workshop

Information about Ropeless Fishing Gear:

October 25, 2017 Meeting

Agenda 10/25/2017

Draft 2.0 Best Practices Directive

Management proposal #2 for consideration by the group

October 20, 2017 Meeting

Agenda 10/20/2017

Kelly Corbett Slides about ODFW Permitted Post-Season Derelict Gear Program

Yelena Nowak summary about Consumer Perceptions and Sustainability

September 22, 2017 Meeting

Agenda 9/22/2017

NMFS preliminary update on 2017 reported whale entanglements 

Shannon Davis Presentation Slides 

ODCC Dungeness Crab Bioeconomic Model Report

Commercial Dungeness crab landing summary information from ODFW fish ticket data pulled 9/11/17

Oregon Commercial Dungeness Monthly Crab Pot Effort Estimates for the 2014-15 crab season

Management proposal for consideration by the group

July 21, 2017 Meeting

Agenda 7/21/2017

Summary 7/21/2017

Presentation slides from John Calambokidis

May 25, 2017 Meeting

Agenda 5/25/2017

Summary 5/25/2017

Working Group Ground Rules

May 5, 2017 Mailing to Oregon Dungeness Crab Permit Holders

Joint Letter from ODFW, OSG, ODCC

California Dungeness Crab Best Practices Guide to Reduce Whale Entanglements

2016 West Coast Whale Entanglement Summary Report

March 29-30, 2017 Workshop hosted by Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission


California Dungeness Crab Gear Working Group



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