Strike’s Over: Bring on the Crab!
The roots of the strike began on Monday, December 26, when Pacific Choice Seafood attempted to lower the price per pound they paid fisherman from the previously agreed upon $3 per pound to $2.75 per pound.
According to the Humboldt Fisherman’s Marketing Association, “Many fishermen believed that Pacific Group picked what was perceived as the weak link in West Coast fishing communities as a way of causing cascading price reductions… .”
By Friday, December 30, the local crabbers went on strike. Other crabbers joined them in solidarity and crabs became scarce in the marketplace. According to the Humboldt Fisherman’s Marketing Association, crabbers “tied up from Morro Bay, California in the south to Westport, Washington, on the north.”
This evening, both sides came to an agreement and crabs could start pouring in as soon as the storms are over.