National Fisherman


CHARLESTON -- The opening price for Oregon Dungeness crab is finally set.

Fishermen and processors agreed Wednesday night to open at $2.30 per pound for the first 24 hours of the season, which is scheduled to begin Monday.

The agreement comes after a month of delays.

'It seems like it is always a last-minute deal with these crab, whether we go through formal negotiations or we strike," said Rex Leach, the president of the Coos Umpqua Crabbing Association. 'There's no reason to go settle a price when our crab aren't ready."

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