Seafood producers concerned over crab season

Andrew Robinson
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Crab harvesters got $2.15 a pound in 2011, a year that saw ups and downs in the fishery.


The Association of Seafood Producers says expectations for the price of crab this season appear to be out of sync with market realities.

In a news release issued Friday, executive director Derek Butler said negotiations with the Fish, Food and Allied Workers Union are set to begin next week.

“We’ve had a market analysis presented to us, we’ve had the conversations in Boston at the Seafood Show, and we’ve had individual conversations with harvesters around the province,” he said in the release. “And it’s fair to say expectations of prices along the lines of last year are simply unrealistic, due to big increases in the global supply of snow crab, mostly out of Alaska.”

Raw material prices for crab in 2011 were agreed upon by both groups at $2.15 per pound, and Butler suspects the price will be lower this year. However, he added the previous price was the highest experienced in years, having previously dropped to a low of approximately $0.90 per pound in 2005.

The crab season is set to begin the first week of April.


Organizations: Association of Seafood Producers, Food and Allied Workers Union

Geographic location: Boston, Alaska

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Recent comments

  • Kareed
    March 24, 2012 - 15:39

    Gee, that's funny crabby. I was going to say the same thing about fishermen. Whatever gets offered is never enough, and then they cry for more government money to go on top of the crab money to go on top of the EI after three weeks work. Some people got it some good! You must be on EI?

  • Crabby
    March 23, 2012 - 21:29

    Here we go again another season another fight. Negotiations haven't even begun and processors already trying to drive down the price. Things will never change processors will never come out and offer a fair price from the start without a fight.

    • Chris
      March 24, 2012 - 14:29

      Price should be set on "supply and demand".