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Dungeness Season: For local crab fishermen, it’s all about unity. Crab price negotiations continue

For local crab fishermen, it’s all about unity. United, they can keep their boats docked and try to negotiate a higher price for their product. Divided, they will fall like dominoes, and set out on the water ready to take whatever buyers are offering. With the season having opened a week ago, negotiations are currently at a standstill. In fact, according to some, it’s hard to even call what’s going on negotiations. ”The buyers have offered $2.50 (a pound), we’ve asked $3, and those numbers haven’t changed,” said local fisherman Dave Bitts. Meanwhile, fishermen in Oregon and Washington, where regulators postponed the season because tests showed Dungeness crab there to be too small, are readying to start fishing Dec. 15, adding a new layer of complexity to local negotiations. [email protected]  18:17