Commercial Dungeness Crab Season Delayed At Least 15 Days
by Associated Press
Posted: 2017-11-20 15:46:30 EST

NEWPORT, ORE. - The traditional Dec. 1 opening of the commercial Dungeness crab season will be delayed by at least two weeks to give the crabs more time to fill with meat.

Fisheries managers use "meat fill" tests to determine how well the Dungeness have rebounded from the late summer shedding of their shells in a process called molting.

After the molt, the crabs fill with water as their shells harden and they grow new muscle.

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