Crab fishing boats sat idle at Fisherman’s Wharf Thursday as crab boats in San Francisco, Bodega Bay and Half Moon Bay stayed at the dock because of a threat to cut Dungeness prices.
Commercial crab fishermen are gearing up for Thursday’s opening of crab season, with vessels large and small starting to assemble pots at Pillar Point Harbor in Half Moon Bay and along the Bay Area coast to catch Dungeness crabs.
More than 400 pounds of fresh fish and crab was stolen over the weekend from a fishery at Pillar Point Harbor in San Mateo County, sheriff’s officials said.
49-year-old James Allshouse died on Monday off the San Mateo County coast after being pulled overboard by tangled ropes.
The crab season has finally arrived, but local fishermen say the initial catch is down from last year’s record-setting harvest.
After weeks of haggling over a price, central California crab fishermen and seafood processors have come to an agreement and the 2011 Dungeness season is underway.
Tuesday’s start of the California Dungeness crab season appeared to be in jeopardy, considering buyers and crabbers had – as of Monday morning – not reached an agreement on pricing.
The season for recreational fishermen begins Saturday, when crabbers can begin setting their traps and nets after midnight.
Just in time for November’s lucrative crab season, one of the oldest families in the San Francisco crab and fish wholesale industry is back in business after a 10 month shutdown.
This could be California’s first full salmon fishing season in five years, after new projections from the State Department of Fish and Game show a tripling of the salmon population.