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So Far, 2021 Dungeness Crab Season A Mixed Pot

Taunette Dixon
Newport Fisherman's Wives

Oregon’s commercial Dungeness Crab season is a little topsy-turvy, so far.

The good news is, the market price for crab is up since a deal was reached nearly two weeks ago. Processors then agreed to $2.75 a pound. But Taunette Dixon of the Newport Fisherman’s Wives group – who owns a crabbing vessel herself – said that’s improved for some since.

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A Eugene fish market owner opens a large tote filled with Dungeness crab.

“We delivered to a local plant here and received $2.75 on the 16th," Dixon told KLCC.   "I called a friend who was a live crab buyer, and their price is $4 per pound right now.”

The downside, is that there are fewer Dungeness Crab this season.  They are in great health and full of meat, adds Dixon.  This has also caused larger crabbing vessels to look towards other seafood markets.

“Some of the big guys have pulled out, so that helps the little guys have a little more area to put their pots.”

Dixon added it’s been tough between the crabbing delay, COVID-19, and the pandemic recession, so she encourages Oregonians to stock up on Dungeness Crab to support fishermen.

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Brian Bull is an assistant professor of journalism at the University of Oregon, and remains a contributor to the KLCC news department. He began working with KLCC in June 2016.   In his 27+ years as a public media journalist, he's worked at NPR, Twin Cities Public Television, South Dakota Public Broadcasting, Wisconsin Public Radio, and ideastream in Cleveland. His reporting has netted dozens of accolades, including four national Edward R. Murrow Awards (22 regional),  the Ohio Associated Press' Best Reporter Award, Best Radio Reporter from  the Native American Journalists Association, and the PRNDI/NEFE Award for Excellence in Consumer Finance Reporting.
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