UPDATED: Crab Strike Hits the Holidays for a Second Straight Year
December 10, 2012
UPDATE: According to a San Francisco Chronicle report the Crab Boat Owners Association were able to secure their $3-per-pound price with fish brokers, meaning holiday tables will be decked with legs of dungeness crab after all.
More than 100 crab boats headed out to the fishing grounds in the Gulf of the Farallones ending an 11-day strike that mirrored action taken by crabbers last year.
For the second year in a row the Central Coast dungeness crab fishing fleet is docked, refusing to fish until buyers agree to pay them what they consider a fair price.
The six-day strike is a replay of the price dispute that delayed last season’s dungeness crab season for two weeks, leaving many California Thanksgiving Day spreads with an empty spot usually reserved for the holiday favorite.
Crab Boat Owners Association President Larry Collins and the rest of the skippers from San Francisco, Bodega Bay, Half Moon Bay and others from as far north as Washington met today in the hopes of making some headway.
A San Francisco Chronicle report says Crab buyers and fishermen originally agreed on a $3-a-pound minimum price that was recently dropped to $2.75 due to a lull in demand.