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Crab Fishery to Open at the end of December
The Commercial Crab Fishery has been given the go ahead to begin its season after being delayed earlier this month. The season will open December 31st after it was delayed for crab quality. Commercial crabbers will be able to set their pots on December 28th. A spokesman from the Oregon Dungeness Crab Commission, which advocates and markets for the industry, says today’s news is good. There are still some hurdles that may play into how soon boats will leave port. Those are weather and price negotiations. Last year, the Oregon coast had two opening dates for the north and south coasts that delayed the season until late January and early February because of meat fill testing and domoic acid levels. The tri-state testing ensures the highest quality product for consumers. The Commercial Crab industry is one of Oregon’s most lucrative industries. Ex vessel values of crab landings last year were just under 67 million with $18.7 million pounds landed. That’s down about 7 million from the previous year. The season runs several months, however, the most crab will be harvested in the first few months of the season.