Quietly, the commercial crabbing season is making money

Quietly, the commercial crabbing season is making money
One month into the Commercial Crabbing season and, after a rocky start in December, it is looking the number of landings have snuck up on those keeping track.

In fact, the Executive Director of the Oregon Dungeness Crab Commission is calling it a bit of a "sleeper season."

Nick Furman says last year's harvest of 23-million pounds of crab was a bit of a cake-walk compared to this year.

Fishermen last season were dealt good weather and, in the first four weeks, had already brought in 18-million pounds.

This year, over the last month, the number of crab brought in has reached 15-million.

Great news according to Furman, "this year we delayed the opener. The weather had been bad quite a bit of the season. They've had to work for all the crabs they've brought in, but I'm happy to say that locally, Charleston, is the number two crab Port on the Coast right now."

In terms of economic impact, he says local fishermen have been paid about 8.5-million dollars so far. When you multiply that by two, to account for immediate related business, that means about 17-million dollars has been brought into the local economy.

Furman says crab-lovers should look forward to this year's 26th Annual Crab Feed on February 12th. It starts at 11:00 a.m. at the old Charleston School, with proceeds going to benefit the Charleston Visitor's Center.