Commercial crabbers are picking up crab offshore and getting them to the fish processors at a rate not seen in years. Oregon Dungeness Crab Commission Executive Director Hugh Link says the crab are plentiful and much heavier than they’ve been in a very long time, especially this early in the season. Link says the prices the processors are paying is among the highest in history, today (Thursday) at $2.75 a pound off the boats. That’s up a bit from opening day of the season last Monday.
Link says the heavier crab seem to be from Coos Bay north. Crabbers off Brookings say they’re seeing lighter crab. “It flip-flops back and forth depending on the year,” says Link. “This year it’s the northern waters’ turn.” He says they expect to see 80% of this year’s crab take occur within the first two and a half months.