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Crabby Catch Pleases Dungeness Afficionadoes

The first catch of the 2017 Oregon Dungeness crab season has arrived in Eugene.  As KLCC’s Brian Bull reports, it’s a welcome sight for seafood proprietors and customers alike.

A heavy tote containing about 400 crabs is dropped off at Fisherman’s Market in Eugene.  Owner Ryan Rogers greets them…with a large kettle of boiling water.

“No squeals,” laughs Rogers, dropping one crustacean after another into the hot vessel.

A loaded crabbing boat headed back inland from the Oregon Coast.
Credit Hugh Link / Oregon Dungeness Crab Commission
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A loaded crabbing boat headed back inland from the Oregon Coast.

A few minutes in the kettle turns the purple Dungeness crabs orange.  Rogers says between early concerns over domoic acid levels and a fisherman’s strike, the crabbing season started six weeks later than usual.

“The good news about the delayed season, is that the crab are bigger and fuller than ever before.” 

Nearby, customers Scott Herman and JenniferBowden are intrigued.

“I was going to get fish tacos, why I didn’t even know that there were crabs today. Maybe I’ll think about that,” says Herman. 

“Yes…with a mallet and lots of garlic butter,” laughs Bowden.

After 45 minutes…from bin to boiler to chill tank…Rogers is finally ready to sample the crab meat.

“So I gotta take a taste of one of the legs, make sure it’s up to quality," he explains, before biting into the appendage with an audible crunch.

"Oh, so sweet…” sighs Rogers.

Rogers hopes to sell out all 800-lb. worth of Dungeness by Thursday night, with more crabs from the Newport area expected Friday.

Roughly 400 crabs in this large tote from Newport, OR.
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Roughly 400 crabs in this large tote from Newport, OR.
Ryan Rogers, owner of Fisherman's Market, dunks some crabs.
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Ryan Rogers, owner of Fisherman's Market, dunks some crabs.
A common fate for Oregon's official state crustacean.
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A common fate for Oregon's official state crustacean.
Dungeness crabs waiting for the end. They are a purplish color in their natural state.
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Dungeness crabs waiting for the end. They are a purplish color in their natural state.
Dungeness crabs turn orange during the cooking process.  Here they sit in a tank of 34-degree F water.
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Dungeness crabs turn orange during the cooking process. Here they sit in a tank of 34-degree F water.
Crab cages stacked atop a fishing boat.
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Crab cages stacked atop a fishing boat.
Crab fisherman off the Oregon coast.
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Crab fisherman off the Oregon coast.
A crab fisherman works a winch and cage.
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A crab fisherman works a winch and cage.
Ryan Rogers reviews the hefty catch that arrived today.
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Ryan Rogers reviews the hefty catch that arrived today.
Dungeness is a popular item on the menu at Fisherman's Market, Eugene.
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Dungeness is a popular item on the menu at Fisherman's Market, Eugene.
Ryan Rogers, owner of Fisherman's Market, dunks some crabs.
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Ryan Rogers, owner of Fisherman's Market, dunks some crabs.

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