Fishermen, Buyers Locked In Crab Price Stalemate

11/19/2011 03:50 pm ET | Updated Jan 19, 2012
  • Kristine Wong Half Moon Bay Patch

Dungeness crab for Thanksgiving is still a possibility, but the chances of being able to serve up fresh crab this weekend are diminishing quickly.

Though Tuesday was the official start of the commercial Dungeness crabbing season, Half Moon Bay fishermen and their counterparts along the Central Coast continue to stay in port, holding out for a $2.50 per pound purchase price -- a cost which they say will support the rising costs of crabbing in 2011.

"We're locked out because the buyers don't want to pay more than $2 per pound," said Jim Anderson, a fisherman who serves as the unofficial liaison for crab fishermen docked out of Pillar Point Harbor in Half Moon Bay.

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