Dungeness landings likely down 50% in California, 40% in Oregon; lowest volumes in 8 years
SEAFOODNEWS.COM by John Sackton December 11, 2014
The crabs are great. Its just that there aren't that many of them.
The Oregon Dungeness fishery opened on time on December 1st, after a short season in the San Francisco Bay area, called district 10.
But boats are simply not finding many crabs.
One fishermen, describing the northern California / Oregon fishery which opened December 1st, said "North of District 10 was the worst opener I can remember. We knew it would be bad, but not this bad."
Larger vessels that have the ability to move to other fisheries are now leaving the crab fishery, as the catch rates can no longer support their operations.
Meanwhile, the price at the dock has risen to $3.50..
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