The Oregon Dungeness Crab Commission, established by an act of the Oregon Legislature in 1977, is an industry-funded agency and part of the Oregon Department of Agriculture's Commodity Commission Program. This unique program allows "growers" to tax themselves and then use the pooled funds to increase their commodity's recognition, value and use. The ODCC's stated mission is to enhance the image of the Dungeness crab industry, and to increase opportunities for profitability through promotion, education and research. The Commission has eight members, appointed from the industry by the Director of the Department of Agriculture. Five members are from the harvesting sector (crab fisherman) and two members represent crab processors. An eighth seat has been recently added for a 'public at large' member. Commissioners are appointed to three-year terms. The Commission holds a minimum of four public business meetings a year, with day-to-day affairs conducted by the Executive Director and 1 staff member. The ODCC office is located in Coos Bay, on the southern Oregon coast.
Funding comes from an assessment based on 'one percent of the catch value' for all Dungeness crabs landed in the state. Those funds make up the entire budget for the Commission, and are used for a wide variety of projects relating to its stated mission and purpose.