The glowing white and orange lights of commercial fishing boats

bobbing offshore are a sure sign that Dungeness crab season off the

Southern Oregon Coast is in full swing.

Since Sunday, the boats and their crews are coming and going at all

hours of the day and night, delivering fresh crab to buyers at the docks

at the Port of Brookings Harbor. Most of the crab is boxed up, loaded

on big rigs and transported to distant processing plants. Locally, those

who love to eat crab can find fresh offerings at local restaurants and

fish markets, and from individual fisherman who are selling it straight

off the docks.

Crab season officially began on Dec. 1, but commercial fishermen and buyers had agreed not to harvest the crustaceans until Sunday, giving the crab a little more time to fill out. The season continues through summer, however, the bulk of crab is caught in December and January.