Shellfish growers in Willapa Bay in southwest Washington, the self-styled "Oyster Capital of the World," are alarmed by an invasion of potentially destructive nonnative European green crabs. Some are asking for an all-out trapping offensive to corral the invasive species.
Dungeness crab is the most valuable single-species fishery commodity in Oregon. The 2021-2022 season was one of the best on record, with fisherfolk bringing in $91.5 million worth of the crustaceans. But that's not always the case. This 2022-2023 season opened more than six weeks later than anticipated.