Crab Gear & Gear Work
crab pots or traps are
rigged of stainless steel netting or mesh over an iron frame which has one
or two “tunnels” (funnel shaped openings) for the entry of crabs. A trigger
device prevents the crabs from escaping back through the tunnels. An
escape hatch is built in, and bound with a biodegradable cord which will
rot away and allow the crab to escape should the pot become lost.
are set in water depths of 10 to 600 feet and marked by a
line buoy, which must be identified with the
crabber's buoy brand number and specific colors. The vessel name, the owners
name and phone number are attached to the interior bottom of the pot. The
pots are generally baited with sardines, fish carcasses, salmon heads, squid,
and/or clams. They are usually checked daily, but may be left for several days
depending on the weather conditions.
the opening of the Dungeness crab fishery, the pots
are carefully checked for soundness, repaired as needed and new ones
are put into service,
replacing those lost or stolen in the prior year.
they are readied for the ocean, the pots are stacked on
wooden pallets. The pallets are
moved with a hyster, loaded on to trailers and/or trucks and hauled to
the dock. From there they are loaded onto the boat.
Lots and lots of
"shots" of line.....
Loaded and ready to go. Photo by Jen VanPelt