Oregon skippers pledge their support as crabs wait
Activity remains quiet at Crescent City Harbor on Wednesday. Del Norte Triplicate/Bryant Anderson
Skippers in the Northern California commercial Dungeness crab fleet decided Wednesday morning to continue their strike, feeling that the market is in their favor to demand a higher price than buyers’ initial offer of $2.50 per pound.
“It’s one of the strongest markets we’ve had in a long time,” said Richard Nehmer, owner of the fishing vessel Resolution in Crescent City. “And we know there’s very little volume” based on what has been caught by recreational crabbers, Nehmer said.
Commercial vessels could have started fishing Sunday when the Northern California season opened.
The North Coast fleet, which includes ports from Crescent City to Fort Bragg, also feels buoyed by a market report produced for the Oregon Dungeness Crab Commission stating that market demand for Dungeness is strong and stable.
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