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Northern California crab fishermen hit the water

EUREKA — Northern California crab fishermen will begin harvesting Dungeness crab after a stalemate over price kept boats at the dock for nearly two weeks.

The Eureka Times-Standard reports (http://bit.ly/1fbWWqL) that the crabbers dropped their pots on Thursday night after reaching an agreement with wholesalers for $2.65 per pound.

Crab season was scheduled to open Dec. 1, but fishermen balked at the $2.50 per pound being offered. They wanted $3.

Mark McCulloch, a fish monger in Eureka, told the paper that Christmas is one of the busiest crab sales days of the year, and that plenty of the crustaceans should be available.

Fishermen said they were disappointed with the price, but that once a price was set in Oregon's crab fishery they had little choice but to accept the 15-cent increase.

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Information from: Times-Standard, http://www.times-standard.com

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