“The Oregon Dungeness Commercial Crab fishery is the most valuable single-species fishery in the state. Over the last ten years alone, using a conservative economic multiplier of two, the fishery has brought in over one billion dollars to the Oregon economy. Needless to say, there are many fans of Dungeness crab in the state and some may even know that there is a commission that bears its name. But, a precious few seem to have a firm grasp on what role that commission plays or what brought it into existence in the first place. There are Dungeness crabs to be found in Alaska, California, Washington…but you will only find one Dungeness Crab Commission, and that is here in Oregon. The commission does not manage the fishery, and it does not set a price or help in the price negotiation process. But what the commission does is vital to the overall continued long term success of the industry in so many ways. I will try to shed some light on the work being done by the Crab Commission, and help provide some historical context as to how we got here."