Fishermen eager for the start of crab season

With all of the delays, fishermen are eager to get out on the water.

Posted: Jan 24, 2018 5:43 PM
Updated: Jan 25, 2018 8:43 AM

NEWPORT, Ore. -- Crab season started this week, and fishing crews in Newport are finally out on the water and are eager to get to work. 

With delay after delay in this year's Dungeness Crab season, some fishermen are starting the feel the impact.

Mike Pettis, a boat owner, said he along with many others did not make as much as they hoped in the last fishing season, and the delays have added a financial strain. Pettis said he even had some crew members who were struggling to pay rent and take care of their families, without the steady income they were expecting.

Additionally, the weather added additional challenges, making it difficult for some boats to get out on the water to drop pots. 

"When you are expecting to see some income in December and it doesn't come. And it doesn't come in January, things get pretty serious," Prettis said.

Pettis said his crew dropped more than 500 pots Tuesday and they will start picking them up Friday morning. You can expect to see fresh Oregon Dungeness crab in stores and restaurants within the next few days.

"Everybody is very hungry to get out there and making some money," Bryan Foss, a fisherman, said. "Everyone has been sitting a real long time and it's time to start making some money."

Despite all the setbacks, the crew said they are hopeful for this crab season. 

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