SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) — 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.

The live crab tanks have been whirring away at the Alioto-Lazio Fish Company, one of the few independently owned wholesalers on Fisherman’s Wharf and the only all-female operation run by three generations of women.

“We have some tester crabs in there and they’re surviving quite well. So we’re almost good to go,” said Angela Cincotta.

KCBS’ Holly Quan Reports:

The Cincotta sisters and their mother had to shut down last January because of an environmental cleanup of waters near the pier where they have done business for more than 70 years.

After much uncertainty, “the girls” as they’re known are back and office orders have already started to pile up. Restaurant owners have been begging them to start shipping soon.

Cincotta is expecting her first fish shipment next week. “People are even sending in their shipping orders for Christmas.”

She said they’ll have no problem filling Dungeness crab orders come in the weeks before Thanksgiving.

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Comments (3)
  1. Fred says:

    Why is it important that the owners are female? Is this really a story?

  2. kac says:

    Unfortunately, in this day, yes, it is. In the fishing industry .. it’s pretty much all men, even today, so the fact that there is a company owned and operated by women is something really quite rare.

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