January 15, 2017
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel
Eureka, CA – An 11-day strike by thousands of West Coast crab fishermen ended Jan. 6 after seafood processors agreed to rescind part of a price cut.
The strike began after processors in Northern California, Oregon, and Washington, who had said in early December that they would pay $3 a pound for Dungeness crabs, tried to lower that price to $2.75. The Humboldt Fishermen’s Marketing Association told KRCR-TV in Eureka, California, that Pacific Choice Seafood, a leading processor in Oregon, had agreed to a price of $2.875, and that set a pattern for the entire coast. “Happy? I don’t know,” Bernie Lindley, a crab fisherman in Brookings, Oregon, told the Curry Coastal Pilot. “In a successful negotiation, nobody’s happy and nobody’s pissed. For me, personally, I wish it would’ve been resolved more fairly for the fishermen, but we’re back to work, and so be it.” Read more