Dungeness Crab

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The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife says Oregon's Dungeness crabs are ready to eat in time for holiday feasting and fishing can begin Dec. 16.

Now it is up to the fishermen to decide if they are willing to go get them. Hugh Link of the Oregon Dungeness Crab Commission says price negotiations between fishermen and processors start Monday in Newport.

Officials Delay Oregon's Dungeness Crab Season

Dec 3, 2013
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Oregon's Dungeness crab season has been delayed until Dec. 16. The season normally starts around the first of the month, but the crustaceans don't have enough meat yet.

Hugh Link, executive director of the Oregon Dungeness Crab Commission, says it's disappointing to crab fishermen to start the season late.

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To consumers, the welter of eco-labels on various food products can be nebulous or confusing. But the first crab fishery on the West Coast to get a green friendly label says it is seeing a really quick payoff.