Story and photos from Ken Gagne
The first full day of Dungeness Crab harvesting proved to be about what was expected; a healthy haul for crab fishermen at $2.30 a pound on the dock. Most fishermen started soaking their crab pots over the weekend to ensure a healthy pull up and dash for the fish processing plants. The crab are running between 1.5 and 2.0 pounds on average, according to Trident Newport Manager Bill Olivera. He said once he crab are landed and boxed up they are shipped by truck to their Washington plant for processing and cooking.
Crabbing runs hot and heavy for the first month or two of the season which began Monday morning at 12:01 am. The vast majority of crab boats went out Friday and began soaking their pots on the sea floor but then got caught in rough seas Saturday night with bar conditions so dangerous the Coast Guard closed it until Saturday morning at around 8am. A very tired bunch of crab fishermen came in, hit the sack for a while, then went back out to yank up the pots they had set the day before. They pulled ’em up early Monday morning and soon were depositing their catch at Trident and Pacific Seafood docks.