SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) – The crab season has finally arrived, but local fishermen say the initial catch is down from last year’s record-setting harvest.

Crab crews are just happy to be in the water after a standoff over how much seafood processors would pay for the crustaceans kept them at home through the Thanksgiving holiday. However, San Francisco Crab Boat Owners Association head Larry Collins says the first traps have only been a third or a quarter as full as last year.

KCBS’ Chris Filippi Reports:

“They’re not catching nearly as many, but they just got the gear in the water and everybody’s been up all day and all night setting the gear,” said Collins. “They’ve started to pull a little bit, but so far there’s not a lot of volume.”

The scarcity didn’t bother crab lovers at Number 9 Fishermen’s Grotto who were enjoying some of the first crustaceans of the season.

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