SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) – 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.
“No, we can’t throw the traps until we have an agreement with the buyers,” summed up Larry Collins, president of the Crab Boat Owners Association, adding that bargaining would take place Monday – the day that was supposed to be the start of the Cungeness crab fishing season.READ MORE: Bicyclist Critically Hurt After Being Hit By Vehicle In Lafayette
Collins said it’s hard to say how far apart the two sides are.
“We just take it a day at a time. And, whenever we get a price they’re comfortable with and we’re comfortable with, we’ll go throw the traps,” he said.READ MORE: Warriors Name Brandon Schneider Team President, COO To Succeed Hall-Of-Famer Rick Welts
KCBS’ Tim Ryan Reports:
According to Collins, the price operators earned for last season’s crab was $1.75 per pound, though that was a record price.
“There’s going to be fewer crabs – I think – than last year, so we’re going to need to get paid a little bit more,” Collins maintained.MORE NEWS: Former Sebastopol Mayor Appears In Court After Arrest For Alleged Child Sexual Assault
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