The great Northern California Dungeness crab drought is about to end. Crab boat skippers and wholesalers agreed on a price Tuesday to end an 11-day strike.
Crab fishing boats were scheduled to sail out of three ports - Bodega Bay, San Francisco and Half Moon Bay - before dawn Wednesday to the crab grounds in the Gulf of the Farallones.
"We're happy," said Larry Collins, president of the Crab Boat Owners Association. "We got $3 a pound, the price we wanted. We're ready to go."
The dispute began on Dec. 2 when fishing boat skippers began hearing that wholesalers, who had a glut of fresh crab, were cutting the price they had offered fishermen.
The crab boats had been offered $3 a pound when the season started in November, but now word went out around the docks that the new price would be only $2.75 a pound, tops. Others in the fishing industry heard that Oregon-based boats selling crab in Northern California were getting only $2.25 a pound.
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National Fisherman Live: 12/16/14
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