West Coast crab fishermen have recently ended an 11-day strike after a successful agreement was negotiated with seafood processors. This agreement was reached on Friday, January 6, and marks the start of the Dungeness crab season in California, Oregon and Washington.
The strike initially came about as Pacific Seafood Group, an industry conglomerate, reduced it's buying price from the agreed $3 to $2.75 per pound or lower. Boats remained in their respective ports as the crab season was supposed to begin on January 1.
The commercial season had already been delayed a month due to the presence of high levels of domoic acid, a neurotoxin produced by algae.