Opening Crab Price Set
Lights from commercial Dungeness crab vessels could be seen on the Pacific Ocean off the Oregon Coast Thursday night, Dec. 27, after an opening price agreement of $2.30 per lb. was reached between seafood processors and the five associations representing crab fishermen late Wednesday afternoon. Crews could officially begin dropping their pots in a pre-soak as of 8 a.m., Friday and start pulling the pots as early as 12:01 a.m., Monday, Dec. 31st. The season was actually delayed from its normal Dec. 1st starting date because the crab were not mature enough to meet the 25% meat content standard. Terms of the opening price agreement have been reviewed and formally ratified by the Oregon Department of Agriculture, as required by state statute. Commercial crabbing off the Northern California Coast has been postponed until January 15, 2013. The commercial season runs through the middle of August, but the bulk of the catch is normally landed during the first two months.