Commercial Dungeness Crabbing Season: On the Oregon Coast, commercial crabbers are still waiting for the Dungeness crabbing season to begin so that they may begin their fishing operations. The start of the season, which was supposed to take place on December 1, has been pushed back because significant concentrations of the poisonous domoic acid have been found in crabs caught off the coast of Coos Bay.
The Commercial Dungeness Crabbing Season Has Been Delayed
Even though deckhands and captains will have to wait a few more weeks for their first check to come in, Troy Buell of the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife says that many in the business appreciate the delay since it implies a higher price per pound. According to Buell, a decrease in pricing would result from selling crabs with an inadequate amount of flesh content.
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“There are certain sites that are ready to go, and they have been since the beginning of December. However, we have a sort of patchwork of areas up and down the coast that are either ready to go or are not ready to go. Therefore, we are going to wait until at least the 15th of January to find out whether or not we can get a greater portion of the coast to become accessible all at once “The State Fishery Manager for the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, Troy Buell, made this statement.
The 15th of January is the day that crabbers may begin taking their pots out of the water and bringing their catch to the docks. There is a 73-hour window prior to that during which they can place their pots in the water.
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“The locations off of Port Orford and Brookings, which are located to the south of Cape Blanco, as well as the places up off of the Columbia River that is accessible from Astoria are where we are waiting for the crab to mature and produce more meat. Those on the south coast were within easier driving distance. They came close to reaching 23 percent, but the required threshold is 24 percent.”
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According to Buell, the overall catch for this year might end up being lower than the entire capture for 2021, which established a new record for the total number of crabs caught.
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