After getting all dressed up in early December, they finally have somewhere to go. Part of Newport’s crab fishing fleet fired up their engines and headed under the Yaquina Bay Bridge for the open sea in hopes of having a successful first six weeks to three months of crabbing.
Starting price for their catch at the docks is a little disappointing at just $2.90 a pound but after waiting a month for the starting gun of the season, they’ll take it.
They were delayed of course, by the presence of higher than normal levels of domoic acid, produced by algae in the water, that got into the crab. But acid levels have fallen below the “action level.” The crab are now perfectly fine to eat.
Go get’em guys!
Meanwhile, Ed McVea took some video of the crabbers milling around in the bay waiting for the starting bullhorn.