Season opening price set for Oregon Dungeness crab
South coast open to commercial crabbing
December 13, 2016… Oregon Dungeness crab fishermen and seafood processor representatives participating in state-supervised crab price negotiations have agreed on an opening price of $3.00 per pound for the 2017 Dungeness crab season partial opening this week south of Cape Blanco, near Port Orford on the Oregon coast. The agreement is expected to be approved by Oregon Department of Agriculture Acting Director Lisa Hanson.
The ODA-supervised negotiations, which involved representatives from five seafood processors and four marketing associations from Brookings to Astoria, came to a successful conclusion this week at a meeting in Newport. The parties agreed to continue season opening price negotiations for the rest of the coast when state managers set a beginning date for crab fishing north of Cape Blanco.
Pre-season “meat fill” tests used by the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife to ensure that quality and condition standards for the crab are met indicate that the quality of the crab this year will be excellent.
In addition, testing of crab samples conducted by ODA show that detections of the marine toxin domoic acid are below the level of concern in the area south of Cape Blanco. Dungeness crab harvested from the Oregon coast and sold in retail markets and restaurants are safe and wholesome for consumers.
Crabbers will begin placing their pots in the open area on Thursday, December 15th, in preparation for the December 18th opening. Areas north of Cape Blanco are undergoing further testing out of an abundance of caution before an opening date will be announced.
Dungeness crab is the most valuable commercial fishery on the Oregon coast. Last season’s harvest produced landings of 14.2 million pounds and an ‘ex-vessel’ value of $51 million dollars. This year’s harvest of Oregon Dungeness crab is expected to be good, which will once again allow consumers locally and nationwide to enjoy the official “State Crustacean” of Oregon.
For more information, contact Hugh Link, Oregon Dungeness Crab Commission, at (541) 267-5810.