Visitors to the Oregon Coast Aquarium will have something to sink their claws into this Wednesday, Dec. 27, as Crab Fisheries Day returns for another celebration of Oregon’s iconic Dungeness.
Dungeness crab are sought after along the West Coast by humans and non-humans alike for their delicious and abundant meat. Some 14 million pounds of crab are landed each season from coastal Oregon and the Columbia River estuary, making it the most valuable single-species commercial fishery in the state.
Crab Fisheries Day highlights the significance of crab to Oregon’s coastal economy and provides an in-depth look at these amphibious crustaceans.
“It is a day full of fun that is meant to increase awareness of Newport’s local Dungeness Crab Fishery,” said event organizer Sally Edwards.
Throughout the day, aquarists will host crab presentations and dissections so that guests can get up close and personal with the crustaceans. Crab-themed kids’ activities include crafts, story-time and games. And guests can experience an extra taste of Crab Fisheries Day with a Dungeness crab special served up in the café.
The event will also feature booths from the Oregon Dungeness Crab Commission, Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife, NOAA, Oregon State Parks, the Coast Guard Axillary and Oregon State University’s Marine Resource Management Program. All aspects of Dungeness crab will be covered at their displays, from information on anatomy and behavior, to their role as one of Oregon’s most important commercial fisheries, to the marine and estuarine environments that nurture them.
The day will conclude with a free raffle, testing guests’ newly acquired crab knowledge.
Crab Fisheries Day activities are free with aquarium admission.
The Oregon Coast Aquarium is located at 2820 SE Ferry Slip Road. For more information, go to www.aquarium.org or call 541-867-3474.