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West Coast Crabbers Learn Safety Measures As Season Gets Underway

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As of January 1st, the whole Oregon coast will be open for commercial Dungeness crabbing. It’s one of the most profitable fisheries on the west coast and, the most deadly.

Oregon’s Dungeness crab fishery is one of the most dangerous work environments in the U.S. according to National Institutes for Occupational Safety and Health.
Petty Officer 1st Class Levi Read is spokesman for the U.S. Coast Guard, which has been conducting safety courses for crab fishermen. Read says the idea is to familiarize them with equipment, including life jackets and survival suits. Crews also learn how to get into life-rafts.
Read: “Definitely a more dangerous time to be out on the ocean. Because of the sea condition, because of the weather conditions. And the Dungeness crab season just happens to be during that time frame.”
Oregon’s commercial Dungeness Crab season was delayed this year because of a toxin. Last year, despite a similar delay, Oregon crabbers netted $51 million. Crab fishermen out of Newport were recently featured in the reality TV show “Deadliest Catch.”

 

Rachael McDonald is KLCC’s former News Director. Rachael has a BA in English from the University of Oregon. She started out in public radio as a newsroom volunteer at KLCC in 2000. After reporting for the Northwest News Network and KAZU, Rachael returned to KLCC in 2007 as Morning Edition host and a general assignment reporter covering politics, the environment, education, and the arts. She was hired as KLCC News Director in 2018. Rachael departed KLCC in June, 2022.
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