Oregon seafood industry takes a hit

COOS BAY, Ore. — Crab sales were affected early on in the pandemic, according to Oregon Public Broadcasting.
Just a few weeks ago dungeness crab prices dropped from roughly $7 or $8 a pound to around $2 per pound.

People working in the $700 million Oregon industry are hoping they’ll be able to fish again in the coming months.

“No shrimp season. Salmon season, they’re being delayed and closed. Nobody can sell them and it’s just not good,” Heath Hampel, Chuck’s Seafood owner, said.

Hampel says one part of his business has stopped, but people are buying more canned seafood than ever.

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