Near record crab haul for Oregon crab fishermen, financially

Near record crab haul for Oregon crab fishermen, financially
Only one other time in history has the commercial crab fishery brought in more money over a season. This year, overall numbers of crab were down from last year, but the money brought in was up.

The season that started in mid-December came to a close on August 14th.

The Oregon Dungeness Crab Commission says the 325-boat crab fleet landed over 21.2 million pounds of crab. It marks the 5th time in the past decade that the landings have exceeded 20 million pounds.

That is all the more impressive when you realize that the average haul over the past 30 years is closer to 12 million pounds.

Now, the season did not bring in as much crab as last year's season did, coming up about two million pounds short. But, Nick Furman, with the O.D.C.C., says the value of the catch was actually higher this year.

He says strong demand in the marketplace pushed boat prices up.

This year's harvest was actually worth nearly 49-million dollars, which was just shy of the record 52.9-million dollars that was brought in during the 2004-2005 season.

Local fishermen did really well, as Charleston was the number two Port in the state, with a harvest of 5.3-million pounds of crab.