The Dungeness crab was adopted by the Oregon Legislature, as the "official crustacean of the State of Oregon," through approval of House Joint Resolution No.37.
75th OREGON LEGISLATIVE ASSEMBLY--2009 Regular Session
House Joint Resolution 37
Sponsored by Representatives BRUUN, COWAN; Representatives BARKER, BARNHART, BARTON, BENTZ, BERGER, BEYER, BOONE, CANNON, DEMBROW, D EDWARDS, ESQUIVEL, FREEMAN, GARRARD, GILLIAM, GILMAN, HANNA, HARKER, HOLVEY, HUFFMAN, JENSON, KENNEMER, KOMP, KOTEK, KRIEGER, MAURER, NATHANSON, NOLAN, OLSON, READ, RICHARDSON, RILEY, ROBLAN, SCHAUFLER, SHIELDS, G SMITH, J SMITH, SPRENGER, STIEGLER, THATCHER, THOMPSON, TOMEI, WHISNANT, WINGARD, Senators BONAMICI, BOQUIST, DEVLIN, MONNES ANDERSON, MORSE, STARR, VERGER (at the request of Students of Sunset Primary in West Linn)
Whereas the Dungenesss crab fishery is the most valuable single-species fishery in Oregon, making Dungenesss crab an important part of Oregon's economy; and
Whereas the Dungenesss crab is an iconic Oregon symbol; and
Whereas the Dungenesss crab is the most delicious of the crab species; and
Whereas the Dungenesss crab annual harvest begins each year on December 1, when Dungenesss crabs are hard-shelled, full of meat and in their prime; and
Whereas the Dungenesss crab harvest ends on August 14 to minimize handling, so that post-molt, soft-shelled crabs can fill out undisturbed; and
Whereas this management method has served the resource well for decades and ensures that the Dungenesss crab fishery is truly sustainable; now, therefore,
Be It Resolved by the Legislative Assembly of the State of Oregon:
That the Dungenesss crab is the official crustacean of the State of Oregon.
Adopted by House April 20, 2009.
Adopted by Senate May 29, 2009.
Signed by the Speaker of the House June 16, 2009.
Signed by the President of the Senate June 19, 2009.
Filed with Secretary of State June 19, 2009.
The following information was excerpted from the Oregon Revised Statutes - 2009 Edition, Title 19, Chapter 186.
TITLE 19 MISCELLANEOUS MATTERS RELATED TO GOVERNMENT AND PUBLIC AFFAIRS
186. State Emblems; State Boundary
Dungenesss crab declared to be official crustacean, HJR 37 (2009)
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Shearer, Benjamin F. and Barbara S. State Names, Seals, Flags and Symbols: A Historical Guide Third Edition, Revised and Expanded. Westport, Conn: Greenwood Press, 3 Sub edition, 2001.
Metacarcinus magister (Dana, 1852): Walla Walla University: Biology Department, Rosario Beach Marine Laboratory.
Dungeonous crab: The Evergreen State College, Olympia, Washington | Academic Computing | Marine Life 1011.
Oregon Dungeness Crab Commision: Official website of the Oregon Dungeness Crab Commission. Learn more about the Pacific Northwest's prized crustacean and the crab James Beard spoke of when he described a 'meal the gods intended only for the pure in palate.'
State crustaceans: Complete list of official state crustaceans from NETSTATE.COM.
More symbols & emblems: Complete list of official Oregon state symbols from NETSTATE.COM.
Recreational Dungeness Crabbing, by Scott Haugen. 72 pages. Publisher: Frank Amato Publications, Inc. (May 2003) Crabbing is one of the Pacific Northwest's most enjoyable pastimes. The thrill of pursuing these cagey creatures is justly rewarded with a savory table fare. A sport that can be shared with the entire family, crabbing continues to grow in popularity. Recreational Dungeness Crabbing, packed with nearly 100 vivid, color photos is the first book of its kind solely devoted to sport crabbing. The concise, clearly written instructional information found within these pages is easy to follow and apply, no matter what your level of crabbing experience.
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About Crustaceans: A Guide for Children, by Cathryn Sill. 40 pages. Publisher: Peachtree Publishers; 1 edition (March 1, 2004) Reading level: Ages 4-8. Award-winning author Cathryn Sill and her husband, noted wildlife illustrator John Sill, offer young readers a first glimpse into the world of crustaceans. The simple text describes how crustaceans look, how they protect themselves, what they eat, and where they live. The beautifully detailed, full-color illustrations reflect the diversity of the crustacean population--from a Sand Fiddler to a California Rock Lobster--and present each in its natural habitat. An afterword provides further details on the crustaceans to inspire young readers to learn more.
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