Crab season: 'It's strange for them to be so full at the first of the season'

CHARLESTON, Ore. -- With Dungeness crab season now in full swing, commercial fishermen are flooding Oregon's coastal ports with thousand of pounds of crab.

Scott Adams, plant manager for Hallmark Fisheries, said they have a use for every crab in the multiple catches a boat may make each day.

"Every single crab we buy is sorted as to quality, size. We want to make sure they're good product," said Adams.

Karen Naval of Hallmark's quality control department said they will continue to see the large-sized Dungeness until the end of January.

"I mean, it's really full. It's strange for them to be so full at the first of the season," said Naval.

At hallmark fisheries crab can be bought whole or in sections. Some are frozen while others are put on ice to be sold fresh.

If a crab is not up to par the meat is picked out in a labor-intensive process called backing.

"It is hard work you know we do a lot of lifting and the cold doesn't help either," said Naval.

The crab is cooked then put on ice to be shipped out. Adams said the labor and the price of crab make it an extremely expensive (yet popular) product of the sea.