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Commercial crab season gets under way on the coast


Last updated 1/3/2020 at 2:47pm

ILWACO - The commercial Dungeness crab season officially commenced just after Christmas, ending a delay that stalled an early December start.

Commercial fishermen were eager to get the season started after a price agreement of $3 per pound was reached with processors Saturday, Dec. 28. The price followed an initial offer of $2.75, the same opening amount as last season.

By afternoon Saturday, local port docks were bustling with hopeful fishermen making final season preparations before heading to sea Sunday.

"Just the excitement of it. There's no quotas, may the best man win," said F/V Nordic Fox captain Cub Jansen, 29, when asked about the appeal of the commercial Dungeness crab fishery.

"It's one of the last things you can do where hard work can really reward you."

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