Dungeness crab season could be a big one for South Coast

Dungeness crab season could be a big one for South Coast
Although fishermen are getting a late start to the commercial dungeness crab season, they're projected to hit it big with a season that could make the delay worth it.

Nick Furman, Executive Director of the Oregon Dungeness Crab Commission, spoke at Wednesday's IBO forum.

He says he's spent nearly the last two weeks negotiating on a price for a crab season that could come close to the all time record.

"In the last 10 years, we've had four seasons that are above 20 million pounds, culminating with that 33 million pound season and we're thinking that we might have a 25 million pound season or possibly even a 30 million pound season this year," says Furman.

He says the negotiations were tough and he's glad they're over, but the next step is figuring out how to get crab pots in the water in a safe manner.

"We've missed the 64 hour pre soak and that's a tremendous safety mechanism," says Furman. "It takes a lot of the pressure off the fishery and of course we missed that this year so now we've got to go back as an industry and determine how, once that price has been ratified and once we decide when the buyers are gonna start buying, we have to figure out how to get those pots in the water in a safe fashion."

Furman went onto say the Oregon coast sets the bar for fishing sustainability practices and that's why crab seasons are usually bountiful.

He says the Oregon dungeness crab fishery is on the verge of joining the state pink shrimp and albacore fisheries as certified sustainable.