Oregon’s Dungeness crab season is underway. It typically begins December 1st, but was delayed two weeks to give crabs more time to gain weight. The season runs through mid August.
Newport crab fisherman Al Pazar and his three member crew are checking 500 crab pots that he set on Friday from his 51′ boat, the Delma Ann. He says they work long hours, sometimes around the clock.
“It’s always dicey when you go out in the ocean in the winter in a little boat,” said Pazar.
Pazar says crabbing and crab fishing are the backbone of the coastal communities. He says crab season is “the bread and butter time of year for everybody”.
Only the adult male crabs are caught. Pazar says 80% are caught in the first eight weeks of the season. The Oregon Department of Agriculture supervised negotiations between crabbers and processors. They agreed last week to a minimum price of $2.65 per pound, which is a .35 increase from last year and the highest ever opening price.