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Boats backed up as crabbers claw to get Dungeness to market in San Francisco


SAN FRANCISCO — California's commercial Dungeness crab season is off to a roaring start in San Francisco, where boats are backed up at the docks as fishermen are clawing to get their catch to market.

KGO-TV reported Tuesday ( that Pier 45 has seen a bottleneck of boats trying to make deliveries, with some vessels forced to park in the bay and wait to unload.

Dock workers have labored well past midnight every day since crab season kicked off on Saturday. Since then an estimated 400 boats have delivered to Pier 45.

C.J. Green from Alioto's restaurant tells KGO this year's crabs are averaging about 2.5 pounds — nearly a pound bigger than last year's.

The crabbers are getting about $3 a pound. By the time it's shipped, boiled, cracked and served at a restaurant, the price is about $10.95 a pound.

Information from: KGO-TV.

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