Crab Season Price Dispute in San Francisco

Thursday, Dec 6, 2012  |  Updated 11:26 AM PDT
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Thanksgiving Crab a Sure Thing, But Expensive

Joe Rosato Jr.

FILE ART - Boats loaded with crab pots sit at Fisherman's Wharf, waiting for Thursday's start of Dungeness Crab season. 2012

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NBC Bay Area's Joe Rosato Jr. reports on the mad dash to start the crab season.

Thanksgiving Crab a Sure Thing, But Expensive

Bay Area Dungeness crab lovers will get their beloved crustaceans on time this year, but can expect to feel a bit more of a financial pinch.
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San Francisco's Dungeness crab fleet is refusing to fish due to a dispute over the price of the tasty crustaceans.
 
The San Francisco Chronicle reports that the fishermen stayed in harbor Wednesday after hearing that fish brokers wanted to cut the price of fresh crab from $3 per pound to $1.80.
 
Buyers say the demand for Dungeness has dropped since Thanksgiving, leading to steep drops in retail prices.
 
Larry Collins of the Crab Boat Owners Association in San Francisco said hardworking fishermen from Half Moon Bay to Bodega Bay do not want to take a pay cut.
 
Whole Foods Markets, which only sells fresh crab, had already run out and were waiting for the strike to be resolved.

Last year a price dispute delayed crab fishing by weeks.
 

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