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Oregon Dungeness Crab Season Begins December 31st

Brian Bull

Oregon’s commercial Dungeness crab season is set to open  December 31st.

The commercial crab season was set to open December 1st. But tests showed the crustaceans didn’t have enough meat in them. So the season was delayed so the crabs could fatten up, making sure consumers would be happy and to avoid wasting the valuable resource.

Fishermen can begin setting their crab gear in the ocean on Saturday, December 28th. Then they can head back out on Tuesday, December 31st to pull up their crab pots.

Dungeness crab is Oregon’s most valuable fishery. During last year’s season, crabbers brought in 18.7 million pounds, worth $66.7 million. It’s also a dangerous occupation, with fishermen facing rough seas that can capsize boats.

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Angela Kellner is the KLCC host of All Things Considered and a reporter. Angela began as a KLCC volunteer in 1991 when she was in high school. While a student at Lane Community College, she was hired in 1993 for a work-study position in the KLCC Music Department and has been with the station in some role since then. Angela hosted KLCC's world music program Tropical Beat for 11 years from 1994 to 2005 and continues to fill in on a monthly basis.
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