Gentlemen! Start your engines!!
Between now and December first commercial fishing boats filled with crab pots will be heading out to sea from a number of Oregon coast towns and hamlets, all aboard to be out there for the starting gun of the crabbing season. It’ll come at 9am, Monday morning, December 1st.
With crab prices skyrocketing over the past few years, there’s huge money to be made for those who know where to drop their pots and how to get ’em back fast to the beach overflowing with Dungeness beauties.
In 2009-10, crab prices started out well under $2 a pound. But last crab season, prices roared back and forth across the four and five dollar a pound lines making for some really happy fisher families. Much of the price increases stems from the exploding demand for crab by the Chinese. The Chinese have built a thriving middle class that’s much bigger than the American middle class. And their economy is growing three times faster than ours.
This year’s on-time start of December first bodes well for the catch because samplings by Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife show that the crabs are fat and good size. It’ll make for a great start of the season. Typically crab season runs hot and heavy for a couple of months then begins to slack off as other fisheries come up on the calendar at the end of winter and into Spring.