Crab numbers disappointing for Oregon fishermen

NEWPORT, Ore. — Fishermen along the Oregon coast say the Dungeness crab catch has been disappointing so far.

The quality of the catch is rated high, but numbers are below expectations.

The Oregonian reports the season was delayed a month so the crabs could fill with meat. It began this week.

Astoria fisherman John Corbin says that compared to last season, it's taking twice as many pots to fill his boat.

Corey Rock, who fishes from Newport, says that the numbers may turn out to be more like a normal year than some of the banner seasons over the past eight years.

He says last year's catch of about 14 million pounds was half or less than in some recent big years — but it was actually an average season.

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