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Bay Area Crab Boats Remain Idle As Price Dispute Drags On

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Dungeness Crabs sit in a bin after being offloaded from a fishing vessel. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Dungeness Crabs sit in a bin after being offloaded from a fishing vessel. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

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SAN FRANCISCO (CBS/AP) – Dungeness crab boats in the fishing ports of San Francisco, Half Moon Bay and Bodega Bay were idle for a sixth day because of a price dispute.

Crab Boat Owners Association president Larry Collins said skippers were meeting Monday morning to discuss the strike that began last Wednesday.

It has been widely reported that the strike was called because crabbers learned fish brokers planned to cut prices of fresh crab from a previously agreed $3-a-pound to $2.75 or less because of slowing demand.

KCBS’ Tim Ryan Reports:

A price dispute last year delayed crab fishing by weeks.

(Copyright 2012 by CBS San Francisco. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)

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