National Fisherman


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.

Crabbers and fish processors reached an agreement Tuesday on a wholesale price of three dollars a pound.

That's .75 cents higher than last year, when a price dispute kept local crab off the table until after Thanksgiving.

"We've got a price this year, no delays," said fisherman Rich Fitzpatrick. "We're excited to get out there and get some crabs."

The announcement touched off a frenzy of activity along the docks of Fisherman's Wharf as fishermen loaded their boats with crab pots in time for Thursday's commercial crab season opener.

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