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North Coast crab fishermen headed back to work as price dispute ends

North Coast fishermen are heading back out to sea Wednesday to resume crab fishing after buyers agreed to increase the price to $3 a pound.

Fresh local crab should be back in stores by Thursday, said Bodega Bay fisherman Chris Lawson.

It is the same price that fishermen were getting when the season opened Nov. 15 on the Central Coast, from Morro Bay to the Gualala River.

Fishermen in Bodega Bay, San Francisco and Half Moon Bay stopped fishing Dec. 2 after the price dropped to $2.50 a pound.

Wise said prices slid because there was an overabundance of crab on the market following Thanksgiving, after which demand falls off until Christmas and New Year.

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