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2013 Crab Fishing Season Opens - F/V NORTHERN STAR Disabled Second Day

The afternoon of January 1, soon after the start of Dungeness crab fishing season, the crew of Ilwaco-based 50-foot F/V NOTHERN STAR experienced engine trouble while crabbing off the Washington coast, and ended up calling the Coast Guard for help. According to reports, the Coast Guard safely towed NORTHERN STAR, with about 14,000 pounds of crab on board, safely back into Ilwaco later that evening.

Dungeness crab season this year opened at $2.30 per pound, equal to the record high for opening price last winter. This time, though, the crab fishing season opened a month late owing to the crab along the Pacific Northwest and Northern California not having grown sufficiently to harvest. This meant most people who look forward to feasting on fresh Dungeness crab for the holidays had to wait, as did everyone who makes any sort of income from the crab. That said, the delay should ensure the crab will be mature and healthy...and delicious.

The crab pots were set as early as this past Friday morning, for the traditional 64-hour "pre-soak" prior to the season officially opening at 12:01 a.m. December 31, when crabbers were allowed to start hauling in their catches. The $2.30 price was locked for the first 24 hours of the season, after which time the market drives the price. According to 2012 records, over 14 million pounds of Dungeness were pulled from the ocean last year, averaging $2.95 per pound. Here's to a safe, profitable, and tasty season!

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