The pots are steaming and the butter is drawn: it's officially crab season in the Bay Area. Though you wouldn't know it judging from any local menu.
A reported price dispute with fish brokers has led to a crabbers strike in the Bay Area. Crab boats in Half Moon Bay, San Francisco and Bodega Bay have been docked since Wednesday.
According to the San Francisco Chronicle, the dispute began when crabbers learned of fish brokers' plans to cut prices below the agreed $3-per-pound on fresh crab due to stalled demand. The new price was originally rumored at $2.75-per-pound. Reports later reached as low as $1.80.
"It doesn't look good," said crab fisherman Chuck Wise to the Press Democrat. "The guys want to go fishing, but we're not going to do it where you can't make a decent living."
And the strike has taken its toll on local businesses.
"We're on hold like everybody else," said Annette Yang of Nettie's Crab Shack in an interview with KQED. "We unfortunately probably won't have whole crab in the shell for the rest of the week until it's resolved."
Crab Boat Owners Association president Larry Collins said crabbers would meet Monday morning to weight options, reported CBS. A similar price dispute stalled crab season by two weeks last year.
In the meantime, we're getting our bibs ready for a resolution. Check out some of our local favorite spots for crab in the slideshow below: