The Miami Herald reports the crabbers want Joe’s to pay more for crabs. On Tuesday, they asked for an initial price of $7 a pound. Everglades City crabber MacBeth Collins says they ended the season last year at $11.
Joe’s officials say $7 is appropriate at the start of the seven-month season. Joe’s Chief Operating Officer Stephen Sawitz says prices generally increase as Christmas approaches and he doesn’t want to overpay for claws before he gets a sense of the demand.
The Herald reports eight medium claws typically make up a pound. On opening night, Joe’s sold seven claws for $28.95.
Source: The Associated Press