Photographer Ken Gagne was in Newport today, getting some nice shots of the big crab operators tied up along the Newport Bayfront. They were getting ready to hit the ocean’s horizon at the drop of a start horn, but lingering domoic acid in the guts of crab samples they were pulling up were over the limit.
But the last big sample from Coos Bay north to Astoria came in completely clean, according to the Dungeness Crab Commission. And, they say, a clean sweep is almost always good news for the second testing sweep, which will be wrapping up tomorrow. But it takes a week for it to be tested. After that there’s meetings between fishermen, processors and marketers to coordinate the crabbing, the landings and the opening price. That usually takes a week.
So, sometime after the middle of the month they may get turned loose on what is said to be a pretty big and fat crab harvest just waiting for things to go to “pot.”