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Oregon's famous Dungeness crab season delayed

Published On: Dec 01 2013 11:51:00 AM CST
Medford, OR -

Dungeness crab from the Oregon Coast probably won't make it to dinner tables until late December because tests have yet to show the crabs are at the correct size for harvesting.

The Medford Mail Tribune reports the Oregon crab season has been delayed until Dec. 15, so fans of the crustacean will have to rely on Northern California hauls until then.

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.

The minimum threshold is 25 percent meat, meaning a 2-pound crab must yield at least a half-pound of meat.

November tests showed that crabs were just shy of the threshold.

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