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Record Dungeness harvest breaks last year's record
Oregon Live ^ | 7/14/2005

Posted on 07/15/2005 9:42:07 AM PDT by nickcarraway

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — With four weeks left in the season, Oregon fishermen have brought in 33.3 million pounds of Dungeness crab, breaking last season's record harvest by about 10 million pounds.

"It's off the charts," said Nick Furman, executive director of the Oregon Dungeness Crab Commission.

Furman said the catch will put about $50 million into the pockets of Oregon's commercial fishermen. Spinoffs from harvesting, processing, marketing and other activities could mean $150 million in economic benefits for Oregon, he said.

Last season, fishermen netted 23.7 million pounds, breaking a record which had stood for 24 years. To have two big seasons in a row is unusual — large harvests are typically followed by much smaller harvests.

"The year before was unprecedented, and to have this on top of that is just incredible," said Dean Fleck, a manager with Newport's Englund Marine Supply, which sells commercial fishing gear.

Mitch Vance, head of the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife's shellfish program, told the Statesman Journal newspaper that no one knows why Oregon's had two straight boom years. The process is "very dynamic and relatively unknown," he said.

Sometimes big harvests are a bane to fisherman because they bring down prices. But there have been few complaints in the industry this season because the harvest is so bountiful.

"We're under the gun to process as much crab as possible," said Scott Adams, plant manager at the Hallmark Fisheries seafood processing plant in Charleston.

Some 375 commercial fishing permit holders take part in the Dungeness crab harvest, which starts in December and closes in mid-August.

Prices paid to crab fishermen start low then rise as the season goes on. This season, prices started at $1.45 per pound and currently are in the range of $2 to $2.25 per pound. In past years, the price has been as high as $3.25 per pound.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Miscellaneous; News/Current Events; US: Alaska; US: California; US: Oregon; US: Washington
KEYWORDS: crabs; food

1 posted on 07/15/2005 9:42:07 AM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

As no one has said it yet, I will.

IT'S BUSH'S FAULT.


2 posted on 07/15/2005 9:47:21 AM PDT by Pete'sWife (Dirt is for racing... asphalt is for getting there.)
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To: nickcarraway

Dammit! Dammit, dammit, dammit. So we aren't running out of fish now? What the heck is left for the gloomsters? Pop growth has peaked and is falling in most countries; we keep finding new oil; the terrorists are dying in droves. Dammit. I was counting on running out of fish, too.


3 posted on 07/15/2005 9:47:57 AM PDT by LS (CNN is the Amtrak of news)
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To: Pete'sWife

Yes. Clearly global warming is to blame. If we don't ban cars, the crabs will take over.


4 posted on 07/15/2005 9:49:29 AM PDT by PAR35
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To: nickcarraway

Hhhhhmmmmm.....love Dungeness....dripping in drawn butter....


5 posted on 07/15/2005 9:54:52 AM PDT by anniegetyourgun
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To: LS

Oops, these are crabs not fish.:)


6 posted on 07/15/2005 9:55:12 AM PDT by Grampa Dave (The civilized world must win WW IV/the Final Crusade and destroy Jihadism!)
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To: Grampa Dave

Oh, my God! The horror! They are even CLOSER to the coastline, making it even easier to "harvest" them. And the harvest is UP? Noooooooo!!!


7 posted on 07/15/2005 9:59:11 AM PDT by LS (CNN is the Amtrak of news)
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To: anniegetyourgun

SEND SOME TO COLORADO!


8 posted on 07/15/2005 10:00:14 AM PDT by Xenophobic Alien ("It gives me a headache just trying to think down to your level.")
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To: nickcarraway

MMMMMMMMMMUUUUUMMMM - dungenesss crab. If the crab netter only gets $2.00 a pound - why does Shells Restuarant charge us $21.95 for a pound and a half??


9 posted on 07/15/2005 10:00:38 AM PDT by sandydipper (Less government is best government!)
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To: LS

record crab and record salmon in Alaska, what is happening? Of course now that farm raised salmon is less expensive, the wild salmon is not even being caught and sold. So next year there will be even more and the bears will be fat as bears. /happy to see good results rant off.


10 posted on 07/15/2005 10:03:11 AM PDT by q_an_a
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To: q_an_a

Fat bears???? oh, god. It gets worse.


11 posted on 07/15/2005 10:09:33 AM PDT by LS (CNN is the Amtrak of news)
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To: q_an_a
and the bears will be fat as bears

Yes, I imagine they will be :0)

12 posted on 07/15/2005 10:16:14 AM PDT by agere_contra
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To: LS

Crab Louie, Crab Cakes, Roasted Crabs, crab salad, crab tacos, crabs egg benedict


13 posted on 07/15/2005 11:01:28 AM PDT by Grampa Dave (The civilized world must win WW IV/the Final Crusade and destroy Jihadism!)
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To: nickcarraway

they were sure good and cheap back in the spring


14 posted on 07/15/2005 11:02:18 AM PDT by piceapungens
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To: Grampa Dave

Don't forget crab omelettes ~ Gracie's Sea Hag in Depoe Bay has worlds the best!


15 posted on 07/15/2005 11:17:40 AM PDT by blackie (Be Well~Be Armed~Be Safe~Molon Labe!)
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To: Pete'sWife

Yep ~ GWB is to blame for this debacle. :):):)


16 posted on 07/15/2005 11:18:22 AM PDT by blackie (Be Well~Be Armed~Be Safe~Molon Labe!)
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To: nickcarraway
Ummmmmm - bring the butter!
17 posted on 07/15/2005 11:19:43 AM PDT by Mike Darancette (Mesocons for Rice '08)
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To: nickcarraway

Nice in the short-term, but haven't they learned anything from other over-fishing disasters?


18 posted on 07/15/2005 11:22:56 AM PDT by expatpat
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To: sandydipper
"MMMMMMMMMMUUUUUMMMM - dungenesss crab"

Yeas ago as I recall, we used to get snow crab at Red Lobster and my kids loved it. They got Dungeness one time and refused to even eat it.
19 posted on 07/15/2005 11:27:09 AM PDT by oldcomputerguy
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To: nickcarraway

I love the crab harvest! Yum, crab!


20 posted on 07/15/2005 11:47:31 AM PDT by Fierce Allegiance (This ain't your granddaddy's America!)
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To: nickcarraway

Yeah man, global warming, the death of the oceans and all that! We're doomed, I tell ya ... DOOOOOOOMED! ;)


21 posted on 07/15/2005 11:53:55 AM PDT by GOP_1900AD (Stomping on "PC," destroying the Left, and smoking out faux "conservatives" - Take Back The GOP!)
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To: anniegetyourgun

Where's the meat in those things?

The claws look a tad wimpy.

http://www.dungeness.com/crab/


22 posted on 07/15/2005 12:06:47 PM PDT by Calvin Locke
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To: Calvin Locke

They're loaded with meat, but its in the upper-legs/hips, if you can call it that.


23 posted on 07/15/2005 12:09:10 PM PDT by evolved_rage
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To: Calvin Locke
Where's the meat in those things?

In the back (body), same as a Chesapeake Bay Blue Crab.

24 posted on 07/15/2005 12:10:44 PM PDT by ArrogantBustard (Western Civilisation is Aborting, Buggering, and Contracepting itself out of existence.)
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To: nickcarraway
"Mitch Vance, head of the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife's shellfish program, told the Statesman Journal newspaper that no one knows why Oregon's had two straight boom years. The process is "very dynamic and relatively unknown," he said."

But start having a couple of down years, and Mitch will know all the answers....

25 posted on 07/15/2005 12:16:14 PM PDT by dakine
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To: PAR35

"Yes. Clearly global warming is to blame. If we don't ban cars, the crabs will take over."

LOL! Thanks for a good belly laugh. :)

Crab. It's what's for dinner!


26 posted on 07/15/2005 12:18:53 PM PDT by Diana in Wisconsin (Save The Earth. It's The Only Planet With Chocolate.)
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To: Grampa Dave
crabs egg benedict

ooooooooooh ... that sounds awesome!

27 posted on 07/15/2005 12:19:24 PM PDT by LNewman (I)
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To: ArrogantBustard
same as a Chesapeake Bay Blue Crab

To compare the Dungeness Crab to the Chesapeake Bay Blue Crab in any other fashion than size, the Dungeness is larger, is silly.

I was raised in Kansas and was first exposed to the Chesapeake Bay Blue Crab in Baltimore, Maryland when I was fifteen. It took some time to achieve the art of "picking" the steamed crabs but after that it was always a treat.

Several years later while on a business trip to the West Coast I discovered the Dungeness Crab. I thought I had died and gone to steamed crab heaven. The Dungeness Crab was enormous compared to what I was used to. That was until I tasted the steamed Dungeness Crab. If the proof is indeed in the eating then it was a wasted meal. When your taste is set for steamed Crab the Dungeness Crab was about as tasteless as anything I've ever encountered.

I am happy for the successful crab harvest but I assure you I would not interested if Dungeness Crab retailed for $1.75 a pound but I would reluctantly pay $18.00 for a pound of Chesapeake Bay Blue Crab lump crab meat.

28 posted on 07/15/2005 1:11:08 PM PDT by MosesKnows
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To: Grampa Dave

I had crabs once when I was the drummer in the rock band "Rampage." Does that count?


29 posted on 07/15/2005 1:40:07 PM PDT by LS (CNN is the Amtrak of news)
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To: Pete'sWife

Yes. Damn shame what environmental terrorism by the eeeeeevil GOP has done to the fishing industry.


30 posted on 07/15/2005 1:41:47 PM PDT by hinckley buzzard
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To: nickcarraway

I hope this harvest keeps up. We thought the Chesapeake Bay would never run out of oysters or blue crabs. Oysters are nearly gone and crabs are way down.


31 posted on 07/15/2005 1:57:11 PM PDT by Gone GF
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To: nickcarraway

Good grief .. I thought the oceans were dying!!


32 posted on 07/15/2005 2:09:49 PM PDT by CyberAnt (President Bush: "America is the greatest nation on the face of the earth")
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To: expatpat

That is what I was thinking. We had record blue crab catches on the Texas coast and now you don't even see the 8" to 10" crabs I caught as a kid. A "large" crab now is 6"...


33 posted on 07/15/2005 2:22:56 PM PDT by El Laton Caliente
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To: PAR35
Yes. Clearly global warming is to blame. If we don't ban cars, the crabs will take over.

Well, if this was a bad news story about fishing, global warming would have been the focal point of the story.

34 posted on 07/15/2005 2:27:25 PM PDT by Always Right
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To: El Laton Caliente
Caught lots about a week ago (blue crab) on the boat channel side of the Port Aransas, Tx. causeway. Easy to get 5" keepers but 6" was about as big as we could find.
35 posted on 07/15/2005 2:30:57 PM PDT by nomorelurker (wetraginhell)
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To: LS

That was a different species.

Sorta like calling a Liberal Rat the same thing as a conservative.


36 posted on 07/15/2005 3:55:15 PM PDT by Grampa Dave (The civilized world must win WW IV/the Final Crusade and destroy Jihadism!)
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To: LNewman

There are a few good restaurants on the Oregon Coast which make this wonderful/tasty delight.


37 posted on 07/15/2005 3:59:10 PM PDT by Grampa Dave (The civilized world must win WW IV/the Final Crusade and destroy Jihadism!)
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To: Grampa Dave

Hmmm. May attempt to whip up a little something along those lines myself ... English muffin, spinach (or maybe arugula to make it "my" creation), crab, a little more crab spilling off the muffin, egg, hollandaise ... missing anything? Of course, these delights are ALWAYS better when served TO you. :)


38 posted on 07/15/2005 6:00:43 PM PDT by LNewman (Charter member of the clean plate club.)
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To: q_an_a
the wild salmon is not even being caught and sold

Nearly 62 million salmon so far. Perhaps you should not spread such uninformed rumors.

2005 Preliminary Alaska Commercial Salmon Catches

39 posted on 07/16/2005 4:57:13 PM PDT by thackney (life is fragile, handle with prayer)
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