Oregon crabbers had their pots in the water Friday to prepare for the official opening of the Dungeness crab season Monday. The season typically opens on the first of December, but the crabs’ relatively low meat content forced a month-long delay. Crabbers and processors set the minimum market price for crab this week $2.30 a pound.
Gary Roth with the Oregon Department of Agriculture says the industry is a little worried that crabbers will feel an economic pinch this year.
"Because this season has been delayed, there are a number of opportunities in the marketplace – that typically exist around the holidays," he said. "And so the challenge for the industry will be to meet that challenge head-on and market the product as best they can throughout the coming months.”
Roth says some niche markets could have crab available as soon as New Year’s. But at least one Portland-based grocery store chain said Oregon crab wasn’t expected in their cases until Jan. 3.