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N. Calif. crabbers getting high price for catch

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POSTED January 19, 2012 8:08 p.m.

CRESCENT CITY  (AP) — After a delayed start to the Dungeness crab season fisherman off California's far north coast are hauling in lots of it, and getting a high price.

Kevin Wilson, a manager for Nor Cal Seafood, tells The Del Norte Triplicate that he unloaded a boat Sunday that had $60,000 worth of crab.

The season was delayed for six weeks after tests of the crabs were showing too little meat. More delays could be coming with storms expected through the weekend.

While the fishermen are happy to get $3 per pound for their catch, Rick Harris of Pacific Choice Seafood in Eureka said it will translate to higher prices for consumers.

Harris said the cooked crab market will require the highest sales price "in history" for retailers to be profitable.

 

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