The crew aboard the FV Misty pulls up a pot of Dungeness crab off of Port Orford in May 2022.

Dungeness crab is the most valuable single-species fishery commodity in Oregon. In the 2021-22 season, the fishing industry harvested more than 17 million pounds of crab, bringing in an eye-popping $91.5 million.

But it’s not always like that. This year’s season opened six weeks later than anticipated, on Sunday, Jan. 15. According to the Oregon Dungeness Crab Commission, average annual landings are around 16 million pounds. But recent harvests have fluctuated from a low of 3.2 million pounds all the way to a record high of 33 million pounds.