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Oregon Coast Town Now Officially 'Dungeness
Crab Capital of the World'
|Newport's Yaquina Bay is a hotbed of public crabbing docks and exceptionally
large commercial hauls of Dungeness crab
Oregon) – With record numbers of commercial crabbing tonnage coming
in, and some of the most opportunities for public crabbing on the entire
Oregon coast, Newport is taking it up a notch by officially calling itself
“Dungeness Crab Capital of the World.” The new phrase is a
registered trademark for the town, and has a wide variety of marketing
possibilities for tourism and commerce.
“We have been tagging ourselves as just that for
years,” said Lorna Davis, Director of Tourism Development for the
Greater Newport Chamber of Commerce.
“We felt it was time to make it officially ours by registering the
trademark. The possibilities are endless for marketing. We’ve already
started using it in press and on our website.”
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Davis said Newport easily deserves the slogan. With Yaquina
Bay as large as it is, this leaves plenty of room for crabbing from public
docks along the Bayfront District, the South Beach area, as well as from
a variety of charter boat cruises that skirt the bay.
“It is a fun and popular recreation that people have
enjoyed for a long time. With public docks to crab from, boats to rent,
or great marina’s to put your own boat in the bay from, it makes
it easy for anyone who puts in a little effort into it to participate
in. Observing is an easy sport as well.”
the real ammo behind the phrase is the enormous yields of commercial crabs
the port in Yaquina Bay brings in each year.
Newport has had the most crab landings of all of Oregon
in the last three years, according to Gene Law, Newport’s commissioner
in the Oregon Dungeness Crab Commission. During the recent high-yield
years that have broken all records, Newport’s port continually came
in with the most of any in Oregon.
highest years yield ever recorded in Oregon was 33.6 million pounds in
2004 – 05, while the 2005 – 06 season yielded a whopping 27.6
million pounds of crab. Normal years are around 10 or 11 million pounds,
Law said, and this year is still exceptionally high at about 14 million
pounds to date. During these record years, Newport consistently has the
biggest hauls of crab.
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The statistics are for commercial crabbers only, and do
not include what the public may be getting out of Yaquina Bay.
|Cruise ship docked at the Bayfront
The reasons for this are many, Law said. First, a variety
of ocean conditions have come together to allow ideal crabbing conditions
off the waters of the Oregon coast. These include temperature and food
source availability. Secondly, marketing of Oregon’s crabbing industry
is at its heaviest to date, allowing for record catches to sell in record
“Back in the 70’s it wasn’t so good,”
Law said. “There weren’t the marketing conditions like there
is now.” Law added improvements in transportation and roads have
allowed for better selling conditions as well.
Oregon Dungeness Crabbing Commission is responsible for much of that marketing,
snagging buyers from around the country and the world, with an enormous
Asian market. Fishermen pay a certain fee to the commission, based on
their catch, and those funds are in turn put towards attracting buyers
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“A lot of what we bring in gets shipped live directly
to Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle, many other U.S. cities - and a
lot to China and Japan,” Law said. “There are also a lot of
buyers from Canada. There is a huge amount of Asians that have moved to
Vancouver, British Columbia from Hong Kong who consume a whole lot of
crab. There is just a huge Asian market now, and they don’t care
what it costs.”
|Scenes from along Newport's Bayfront
There are four large processing companies in Newport which
start shipping these crabs on their way in water tanks, moving the live
crustaceans to their various destinations. They are shipped by semi’s,
especially north or south on I-5, or they are flown to their Asian destinations.
Law said there are a few smaller companies in Newport as well, and during
that record season of 04 – 05, they altogether shipped or processed
about 10 million pounds of crab.
Between the two marketing possibilities of tourism
and the commercial crabbing industry, Davis said the new slogan could
pack a powerful punch. The tourism aspect of Newport may have much to
gain with the ability to further promote crabbing off the town’s
docks and from its fleet of cruisers. “We estimate that somewhere
between two to three million visitors come to Newport annually, and as
many as four million on banner years,” Davis said. “You can
certainly bet that many of them come for our marine sports opportunities
and crabbing seems to be the most popular.”
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