More than a hundred crab fishing boats went on strike and stayed in harbor Wednesday in a dispute over prices that has caused a shortage of Dungeness crab in the Bay Area.
The trouble started Sunday when crab boat skippers heard that fish brokers were planning to cut the prices they pay for fresh crab from $3 per pound to as low as $1.80.
"No crab boats are leaving the dock," said Larry Collins, president of the Crab Boat Owners Association in San Francisco. Collins said all three principal crab fishing ports were affected - San Francisco, Half Moon Bay and Bodega Bay.
"All three of the ports are going to stick together," said Rich Fitzpatrick, who fishes out of San Francisco. "This is hard work. Why should we take a pay cut?"
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National Fisherman Live: 9/9/14
In this episode:
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Calif. bill attacking seafood mislabeling approved
Ballot item would protect Bristol Bay salmon
NOAA closes cod, yellowtail fishing areas
Pacific panel halves young bluefin harvest
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