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2021-22 Dungeness Crab season already blowing past last year's harvest

 Batch of captured Dungeness Crab in Newport, OR.
Oregon Dept. of Agriculture
Batch of captured Dungeness Crab in Newport, OR.

This season’s harvest of Dungeness Crab has exceeded last year’s already, in just one month.

Tim Novotny is a spokesman with the Oregon Dungeness Crab Commission. He says it was great to have this commercial crabbing season start on schedule for the first time since 2014, but the numbers as of Tuesday (Jan. 4) are also wonderful.

“We finished our first month of the season so far with 12.8 million lbs. landed, so that surpassed last year. And our ex-vessel value has come in at $63.3 million. So that surpassed all of last year. So just an outstanding start to the year and we just hope we can keep that momentum through August 14th which is when the season ends.”

Novotny says challenges still exist with the worker shortage among processors up and down the Pacific Coast. But it’s hoped that the pandemic will lessen, and seafood restaurants and other clients will open up again, making this year more profitable than the previous two.

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Brian Bull joined the KLCC News Team in June 2016. He is a 20-year reporter who has worked at NPR, South Dakota Public Broadcasting, Wisconsin Public Radio, and ideastream in Cleveland. His reporting has netted dozens of accolades, including three Edward R. Murrow Awards and the Ohio Associated Press' Best Reporter Award in 2012.