Commercial Crab Season Off To A Very Slow Start

According to an article in the Brookings Curry Coastal Pilot, some commercial crabbers are saying that this season had the slowest start they have seen in 30 years.

Last year, Brookings led all Oregon ports with more than five million pounds of dungeness crabs landed. Some crabbers reported that their catches for the first few days of the season were only a tenth of what they were last year.

Reports from other Oregon crabbing ports will be forth coming and may be somewhat more encouraging, but so far, it appears that the only thing that is going to take some of the sting out of this commercial crabbing season is the same thing that is going to “sting” Oregon consumers – and that is higher crab prices – both wholesale and retail for dungeness crab.

About Pete Heley

Writes and self-publishes Oregon and Washington fishing books.

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