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Negotiations Continue Between Commercial Crabbers and Processors
Commercial Crab Boats remained docked in Oregon Ports including Charleston yesterday while price negotiations continued. The season opener was delayed from December 1st to December 16th to allow for better quality crab. After finding crab were fuller and there was no sampling indicating domoic acid issues, the Agriculture Department gave the go-ahead for crabbers to set pots on the 13th and start pulling them on the 16th. Though the ocean commercial crab season is now open from the California border to Cape Falcon, price negotiations have kept most boats in port. Last year, the ex-vessel value was $72.7 million dollars which the Oregon Dungeness Crab Commission conservatively estimates injects about 145 million into the Oregon economy. Value to the Port of Coos Bay is about 10 million.
(Photo Courtesy: Oregon Dungeness Crab Commission)