National Fisherman

The commercial Dungeness crab fishing season in Northern California is on hold indefinitely, as fishermen and wholesale buyers continue to haggle over prices.
”We're 50 cents apart,” said local fisherman Dave Bitts. “It looks like, maybe, they just don't really want to buy crabs very bad right now, which means maybe the market is just soft. If that's the case, it doesn't really make any sense to deliver the crabs onto a soft market. If that's the case, we might as well wait.”
While local commercial crab fishermen were given the green light to start fishing Dec. 1, they won't start until wholesale buyers agree to lock into a price. Currently, wholesalers are offering $2.50 a pound, while fishermen are asking for $3, the same price wholesalers agreed to pay in central California, according to Wild Planet Foods President Bill Carvalho.
The pricing standoff is par for the course, according to those in the industry, as fishermen want to lock in the highest possible price and wholesalers -- who already are selling fresh crab caught off San Francisco and the central coast -- don't want to commit to an inflated price when the market will likely soon be flooded with the crustaceans.
”It's not a new game -- they've been doing this since I was a little kid,” said crab fisherman Paul Pellegrini, adding that with hundreds of fishermen and just a few wholesalers in the area, buyers try to present a united front and just wait for some of the fishermen to get restless.
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Inside the Industry

NMFS has awarded 16 grants totaling more than $2.5 million as part of its Bycatch Reduction Engineering Program.

The program supports the development of technological solutions and changes in fishing practices designed to minimize bycatch and aims to to find creative approaches and strategies for reducing bycatch, seabird interactions, and post-release mortality in federally managed fisheries.


Abe Williams, who was elected to the Bristol Bay Regional Seafood Development Association board last spring, has been selected as the new president as of September.

Williams fishes the F/V Crimson Fury, and is president of Nuna Resources, a nonprofit that supports sustainable resource development in rural Alaska, including fighting for an international solution to issues raised by the proposed Pebble Mine project.

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