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Where to buy cheap fresh-off-the-boat dungenous crabs?

chowguy Nov 28, 2001 02:02 AM

I've seen on TV so many times that you can buy fresh-off-the-boat dungenous crabs in Half Moon Bay for like $1-2 a pound. I've been to several places in Half Moon Bay, but their crabs are sold at market price for about $3-4 a pound. (Geez, wouldn't this be a rip-off)

Where is this place that I've always seen on TV that sells crabs at wholesale price for about $1-2 a pound?

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    Ian Nov 28, 2001 10:03 AM

    You might try Yum Yum on Clement. They are careful honest fish-mongers. Don't be too cheap though. There's a reason the crabbers are on strike...they're having a really tough time surviving. Let's support the folks who make superlative foodstuffs. They deserve to make a living too!

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    1. re: Ian
      Jim Nov 28, 2001 10:21 AM

      Yum Yum Fish is actually at 2181 Irving St. west of 19th Ave. in the Outer Sunset. It's a great little fish market and they also make good sushi to go or eat there.

      1. re: Ian
        Shepherd B. Goode Nov 30, 2001 09:51 AM

        A story this morning on KQED (88.5 FM) gave the impression that the wholesalers' price offers to the crabbers were based on an expectation of more "factory ship" harvesting methods than those used by traditional, small independent crabbers. A crabber quoted in the piece contrasted the traditional 35-foot boat, putting out maybe 250 traps, with an expected 65-footer laying 400 traps or more. IMHO, the result will likely be excess pressure on the crab population leading to a possible collapse of the fishery; and the elimination of many crabbers from the industry, as those with deeper pockets and more "efficient" harvesting methods come to dominate. The story this morning also indicated that the Oregon crabbers are considering joining the strike.
        My personal reaction (and I use the term intentionally) is to buy and consume no Dungeness crab until this is resolved, preferably with equity for all sides. Yeah, I'm from Pittsburgh.

        1. re: Shepherd B. Goode
          Jim H. Nov 30, 2001 12:18 PM

          While there are some who MUST have crab...and local crab, at that...when the retail price is around 6-7 per pound, most can do without. I have a difficult time understanding $2.00 per pound to the crabber, and charging $6-7 to the consumer. 300% markup?? Maybe we need a crabless year to let the supply equalize. Then, everyone loses (but the crabs).

          1. re: Shepherd B. Goode
            Sharuf Nov 30, 2001 12:27 PM

            Yes, I HATE HATE HATE it whenever pressures from the big guys are driving the littler ones out of business. However, if some of the small fishermen need to make a buck and are selling direct to the public, that seems OK. They bypass the very middlemen who are initiating the price squeeze.

            In years past, around Thanksgiving, I have seen boats at Princeton-by-the-Sea selling live crabs right off the boat.

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              Jim H. Nov 30, 2001 02:33 PM

              Yeah...and get your pot lines cut. Losing 100 traps can spoil your whole day. Its getting like the oyster wars on Chesapeake Bay...no gunfire yet but a lot of ill will.

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          Steve N Nov 28, 2001 09:56 AM

          If they ever end the strike (you have probably heard the crab fisherman are on stike) For live crabs try Oakland Chinatown - there are a few places on 8th street that sell fish - they will have tanks full of live crab. For other seafood I usually fo to Monterey Fish, Berkeley Food Bowl or Tokyo Fish (small selection but fresh)

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            bay area crab acquisition Nov 28, 2001 03:52 AM

            I must say, I've been repeatedly disappointed in finding good seafood in this area. I'm glad to find this website, hopefully I can follow up on a few of these leads. In the meantime, I will post my investigations here also

            Link: http://sf.indymedia.org/

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            1. re: bay area crab acquisition
              Fine Nov 28, 2001 10:54 PM

              I must not have looked hard enough, but a quick perusal showed no food-related info at all.

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