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Dungeness Crab Prices 2013/2014 Season

The fishing fleet started hauling in their crab pots at 12:01a today for the season opener and sailing our favorite crustaceans into port to markets. Tell us where you're finding crab today and throughout the season and how much it costs.

"One processor said crab fishermen negotiated a wholesale price of $3 a pound, which would translate into around $5 a pound for consumers."
http://www.nbcbayarea.com/news/local/...

CA Dungeness crab season (recreational) began 11/2, commercial starts 11/15, good catch expected
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/922992

Dungeness Crab Prices 2012
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/8774...

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  1. Woohoo! I have crab plans this weekend, but hopefully I'm not being overly enthusiastic.

    Any thoughts on where one could buy a crab this weekend? I was going to head over to Chinatown, but unsure if the crab fisherman would sell their first load to another source instead...

    To clarify: I'm looking for whole, raw crab to buy and cook myself. Thanks!

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    1. re: bobabear

      KGO radio has been saying that the sea is rough today & crabbers may not go out. They are predicting crab will not be available until Sunday....

      1. re: RWCFoodie

        I'm skeptical about that. Wind at Half Moon Bay is 4 mph, Bodega Bay is calm.

        1. re: RWCFoodie

          The Pillar Point fishfone says they don't expect to see any crab at the docks until tomorrow morning.

          EDIT: Oops, sorry duplicate of Melanie's post.

      2. I posted this in the earlier thread about the 2013 season:

        Had dinner at Woodhouse Fish Co. (Church & Market location) last night and they said starting next Wednesday, 11/20, they will be having a crab special, $15 for a whole crab plus (if I recall correctly) potatoes and greens. Deal lasts until the 27th (day before Thanksgiving).

        1. Pillar Point in San Mateo County: "Fresh-caught fish is sold retail "off-the-boat" directly to the public at Pillar Point Harbor, seven days a week. Call the fishfone 650-726-8724 for more information."

          I called the fishfone and the recording says no crab sightings yet in harbor, probably not till tomorrow morning, but it will update if that changes.

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          1. re: Melanie Wong

            As of now they have crab. Do you have to pay in cash?

            What do you like to drink with Dungeness?

            1. re: Robert Lauriston

              I'm at Pillar Point Harbor. There's one boat, at E-6, selling for $6/lb. Another, across from e-6, now has 1.5-2 lb crabs for $7/lb. At least one of the other owners is displeased at the gouging, though, with a line 20-50 people long, they can all but do what they want. No other boats appear to be coming in for off-the-boat sales. Princeton Seafood at $7.50/lb live or $8.50 cooked.
              Morningstar Fisheries at the end of the pier has some day-old crab in a bin but may be getting more. $6/lb.

              1. re: dpifko

                Alioto-Lazio has them lively and enthusiastic for $5 lb. Why bother with the drive? Also they're never dicks.

                1. re: little big al

                  Not a bad idea, though I like getting them directly from the ocean, normally like supporting the fishing boats directly, and enjoy the scenery on the drive down.

                  1. re: dpifko

                    I agree, but the price should be somewhere between wholesale and retail. That way the fishers and the customers both benefit.

                    1. re: little big al

                      I expect it to drop after the wind calms down. Wouldn't be surprised by 4.50-5/lb

                  2. re: little big al

                    If you'd posted that an hour earlier, I would have gone to Alioto-Lazio, but I got all the crabs I wanted for $6 a pound.

                    It was a fun scene and I hadn't been over the new Bay Bridge in daytime or through the Devil's Slide tunnel before. I can't believe that gross parking lot campground with people having picnics.

                    1. re: little big al

                      Thanks for the pointer to Alioto-Lazio. Looks really good. It's not at all in my area, but I'll drop by next time I'm nearby.

                      1. re: little big al

                        Stopped by Alioto-Lazio, which is where we usually get all our crab, Tuesday morning for our first local dungeness of the season. Amazing as usual. $5/lb and the three I got were all 2+lbs. My last meal would be local dungeness and sweet baguette from acme paired with a montrachet.

                        1. re: little big al

                          Price is now $7.50 for live. They say they're having a a harder time sourcing now that many boats have stopped going out and the crabs are moving on. If you want more than a few you have to preorder.

                      2. re: Robert Lauriston

                        Probably depends on the boat. Some are tech savvy, some aren't. Best to assume cash.

                    2. It seems there should be a twitter hashtag for crab reports, prices, dockings, etc. from Half Moon Bay. Maybe #hmbcrab ? Pillar Point Harbor should be using it so they can get better coverage than with one phone line.

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                        1. re: Ruth Lafler

                          I downloaded Fishline this morning. It's available for Android and iPhone.
                          http://phondini.com/fishline/

                          It can also be viewed on the web,
                          http://fishlineapp.com/

                          The current service area extends up to Half Moon Bay and there's a section called Crabline (screenshot below). Most of these boats are in the HMB area. I called Reelization http://freshfishandcrab.com/ and the guy said to check back on Sunday, maybe crab then.

                           
                          1. re: Melanie Wong

                            Where is it feeding data from? Does this include general information or live info as of the day you're looking?

                            1. re: dpifko

                              The Crabline is more of a contact directory with links and/or phone for text/call to check availability.

                              1. re: Melanie Wong

                                That's what I thought. What I'm more thinking about is a replacement for and improvement over the Fishfone.

                                1. re: dpifko

                                  Some have links to webpages, FB, twitter, etc. that could have current info. Not all require a phone call if they take the time to update.

                              2. re: dpifko

                                It's hard to tell from their site, but it looks like the fisherman are feeding live info into it:

                                "FishLine is the first app to provide a real-time list of seafood available from local fishing boats, fish markets and restaurants.
                                ....
                                The original FishLine concept came about in response to the recovery of the Pacific salmon season in 2012. Fishing boats arrived in Pillar Point Harbor, Half Moon Bay with loads of salmon, but there were no customers. FishLine allowed fishermen to tell consumers directly, and immediately, when they had fish to sell off their boats at the harbor."

                                1. re: Ruth Lafler

                                  Allowing them to do it doesn't mean they do it. The first boat on the list has a Twitter account that has had no tweets since 2012.

                              3. re: Melanie Wong

                                Fishline appears to be working well. Thanks. Prices are holding steady at $6/lb at Pillar Point Harbor vs. ~$5 at the supermarkets. Is that premium about the same from previous years? I've never seen a direct comparison with live prices from HMB before.

                                1. re: dpifko

                                  $6/lb at Pillar Point Harbor is high compared to the past couple of years when it was $4. But there were also a lot more crabs the past 2 years, and the number of crabs per pot are quite low right now.

                                  I went out on Sunday for a crab/rockfish trip and the average was 8-12 crab per pot, but only a few of them would have made the minimum commercial width of 6.25 inches. Thus, some boats have packed up and moved out of the local waters.

                                  1. re: baron45

                                    FishLine is crowd-sourced app like Gas Buddy - anyone can enter a listing via either the App or the Website.

                                    CrabLine is a directory of crabbers & fishermen that will take orders over the phone, via text or via email.

                            2. Hmm... Time to hit 'Sotto Mare' and get some crab cioppino... ^_-

                              1. Crabs are being pulled in further south in Monterey Bay where the waters are calmer today. See my post on the California board for where to buy a crab today between Santa Cruz and Monterey. Maybe some will make it to SF markets.
                                http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/924429

                                Calling the usual suspects in Sonoma County who source their Dungeness from Bodega Bay confirmed reports of rough seas and strong winds today. Mike at Santa Rosa Seafood said his two boats started to go out this morning then turned back.

                                G&G, Lucas Wharf, and Santa Rosa Seafood said they expect to have live crabs by late afternoon tomorrow (Saturday). Paisano Brothers said for sure by Monday, maybe Sunday.

                                Monterey Fish in Berkeley tweeted:
                                "CRAB SEASON UPDATE Season opens today and due to weather concerns crab is only available for preexisting orders for Saturday."
                                https://twitter.com/MontereyFishMkt/s...

                                1. Nothing here in Santa Cruz.A freind called me from the harbor no crab yet.

                                  1. More boats in. $7/lb, over 2 lbs.

                                    1. Tokyo Fish Market
                                      $5.99. Live
                                      $6.99. Cooked
                                      2+

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                                      1. re: FishTanks

                                        Really -- they weren't there yesterday!

                                        1. re: FishTanks

                                          I've had two cooked crabs from Tokyo Fish recently. 6.99 last week and 7.99 yesterday. Not cheap, but nice 2 pounders, local, sweet, great texture. Better than any I had last year.

                                          1. re: FishTanks

                                            Price is $6.99 now for live and they're from Eureka.

                                          2. I got to Oakland Chinatown around noon and the tanks at Lucky Seafood were basically empty except for some really small crabs. Price was $4.69/lb. Prices likely wont' drop until after Thanksgiving.

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                                            1. re: ML8000

                                              Yesterday, I scored 4 crabs at Lucky Seafood on 12th @ 12th. The tank was already low at noon. But I got 3 that were over 2 # and one that was a tad smaller. So I was happy.

                                              All were amazingly sweet -- thanks to Melanie's urging, I finally steamed instead of boiling. The difference in flavor was extraordinary. Thanks, MW!

                                              1. re: escargot3

                                                Good on you for giving it a try! Here are the instructions for steaming, hard to believe I've been linking this every year for more than 12 seasons,
                                                http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/4734...

                                                Now you understand why I flinch when I hear people say they have to heavily salt and add seasonings to the boiling water for Dungeness to have any flavor. If anything, a steamed crab is a tad too salty sometimes from the natural flavor that doesn't get leached out from boiling.

                                            2. $4.99 @ Sun Fat, live looked like a good selection around noon.

                                              1. I stood behind a lady at the checkout @ Ranch 99 in Daly City. She bought about 6 of them @ "$5.00/lb". They look like they were about 2 lbs each.

                                                1. Went to HMB. Ate a crab there. Going word coming off the dock was overheard at $7/lb, but did not go down myself to check.

                                                  Any comments on where serves a simple cracked cleaned steamed best? Is there any difference?

                                                  I ended up at Princeton Seafood, paid about $22 for a pretty danged big crab, and it was SWEEEEEET.

                                                  1. $4.99 / lb at the Richmond 99 Ranch ..... they have 3 tanks brimming with crab. do all the 99 Ranch stores tend to have the same price ?

                                                     
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                                                    1. re: gordon wing

                                                      $4.99 yesterday (12/15) at Richmond R99. They had a lot BUT, out of the 20 we got probably half were not lively, some barely hanging on. I think that can be a problem with the huge tanks, it's hard to keep on top of the sea life. Mostly 2 lbers however. In the future I think I will only buy at R99 if I have no other options (hard to source crab on Sundays). Last week I bought some at Tokyo Fish Market which were much better for 5.99/lb (same price as Ranch 99 on Monday, 12/9). Big 2+ lb lively crabs and very delicious!

                                                    2. Just got some for tonight in Sunnyvale; $3.99/lb limit of 5 crabs at King's Seafood Center
                                                      425 E El Camino Real
                                                      Sunnyvale, CA 94087

                                                        1. Didn't buy one, but wanted to report that live crabs were $4.99/lb and dead ones, $2.99/lb at New Lien Hing on Clement St. today.

                                                           
                                                          1. Costco near SFO has cooked crab for $4.99/lb. Each package has 2 crabs.

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                                                            1. re: baron45

                                                              I've been curious about those Costco crabs up here in Reno. They always say "previously frozen." Do they say that in SF? And previously frozen doesn't sound real appetizing.

                                                              1. re: c oliver

                                                                They had both fresh & previously frozen at this location.....however, the frozen ones were actually more expensive at $6.99/lb.

                                                                1. re: baron45

                                                                  Anyone have an opinion about what that's all about. I've never bought any because of the "previously frozen" label.

                                                                  1. re: c oliver

                                                                    Actually previously frozen is often desirable because it is flash frozen at sea...Crab that is still alive ends up being stressed and the meat can taste off.

                                                                    Im not suggesting ANY frozen is always better, it all lies in the skill of the processor

                                                                    A similar thing is the case for fish, fresh fish out of the water should sit (properly cared for) for several days before cooking. Better fish markets keep tabs on this to make sure its not "too fresh". The reason is you want the fish to go through rigor mortis to add flavor an texture

                                                                    1. re: jpaschel

                                                                      Live crab the day it was pulled from the ocean is better than any frozen crab. After that, it all depends.

                                                                      1. re: Robert Lauriston

                                                                        That had always been my thought, RL. But I do wonder if "fresh" at Costco in Reno is better than "previously frozen." For that reason I've not bought either and wait til we're in the Bay Area.

                                                                          1. re: Robert Lauriston

                                                                            Well, there's "cooked when fresh" -- presumably you eat your crab cooked, and therefore not alive and not fresh by your definition.

                                                            2. Woodhouse is offering 1/2 for $12 and a whole for $23 this week. I got it with garlic and white wine and then regretted I hadn't stuck to cold with cocktail sauce.

                                                              I asked how big they were and he said: a whole crab. I thought they were big, but someone else can estimate for me. I had two big meals from one whole.

                                                              I noticed cooked crabs were $4.99 at Potrero Safeway but didn't get one.

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                                                              1. re: Windy

                                                                I just had dinner at Woodhouse tonight, (on Fillmore) had to start with their hot, delicious clam chowder. The deal going on now lasts thru next Wed. Nov 27. It's only $16 for a whole steamed crab, melted butter, small thing of cubed potatoes and cooked greens, garlic toast. For $5 more you can get either cup of chowder or what they call louie salad .. no shrimp or crab on it, just crispy iceberg, cherry tomatoes, cubed beets, louie dressing.

                                                                My friend and I had to share some fried clams because they are perfect there and we were so full. I could only eat half a crab and they wrapped up the other half for him to take home.

                                                                It's a fantastic deal .. they don't close between lunch and dinner and the deal is from lunch thru dinner. No reservations.

                                                                1. re: walker

                                                                  That's a much better deal than what they had in the Castro/Upper Market! (I've always thought Fillmore was better as a restaurant, Castro as a raw bar.)

                                                                    1. re: Melanie Wong

                                                                      Yeah, the $16 deal applies at the Market Street location too, in case there's any confusion. Walked by last night and the place was full, but not overflowing. I'm going to have to go back this weekend.

                                                                      1. re: Frosty Melon

                                                                        Any recommendations on where to park on either of these locations?

                                                                        1. re: Mul

                                                                          Parking around the Market Street location isn't difficult during the day. Harder at night.

                                                                          1. re: Mul

                                                                            I think Market is worse and I just like the Fillmore place better; I had to park 5 1/2 blocks away at Post/Scott .. there's often so much traffic on Fillmore that it's difficult to tie up traffic to park there. That area of Post St at night is pretty easy.

                                                                      2. re: walker

                                                                        Update on the Woodhouse deal: Yesterday (Sunday) the price was up to $18.

                                                                      3. re: Windy

                                                                        We purchased cooked crabs at the Menlo Park Safeway today for $4.99 (with the Safeway club card). Yesterday, crab was $6.99 at the Whole Foods in Redwood City.

                                                                        Just ate the crab and it was soooo good. Very fresh, and so succulent. It was just the right amount of saltiness (from the boiling liquid, and not the sea, I think?). The first crab of the season is always such a treat!

                                                                        1. re: goodeatsgal

                                                                          I was at Safeway today picking up some things and decided to give their 4.99 crab a try. They were small, the one I got was just over 1 lb., not a lot of meat and kind of mushy.

                                                                          I will look elsewhere for some better ones this weekend.

                                                                          1. re: pamf

                                                                            I wonder if it depends on the Safeway you went to. We got 2 crabs and each was almost 2 pounds. The meat was not mushy at all.

                                                                            1. re: goodeatsgal

                                                                              Yes, it does probably depend on the store. I don't expect much from my local store for seafood, or other fresh items for that matter.

                                                                              But they had a big case of it and I thought I would take a $6 gamble.

                                                                              As I said there are other options.

                                                                              Glad you enjoyed yours.

                                                                          2. re: goodeatsgal

                                                                            Dungeness crabs don't need additional salt. They're perfect when steamed.

                                                                        2. Lucky Seafood, 8th St. Chinatown (oaktown), with two full tanks the large today were 4.39 # (my purchase was 2.5#), the medium 3.99.

                                                                          crabs were available early enough this season that they overlap the last of the local tomatoes, so we're having it with a light white wine and fresh tomato sauce.

                                                                          1. anyone see/ buy in San Jose or surrounding South Bay communities?

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                                                                            1. re: rhonegal63

                                                                              Bought one this weekend at the Nob HIll in Mountain View - $5.99 for 1#+ crab. I'm sure the Ranch 99 and Lion have them as well.

                                                                            2. I just paid 11.00 a pound in Naperville, Illinois. Ouch

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                                                                              1. re: JayB12

                                                                                At least you found Dungeness in Naperville. In my many years in that area, never saw them.

                                                                                1. re: wally

                                                                                  You can buy them at "Super H Mart". You can Goggle it. It's right off Ogden Ave.

                                                                              2. Sunset Super (Irving St in San Francisco)

                                                                                $3.99/lb for small crabs (<2 lbs), potential for missing legs. Mine had all legs and was 1.7 lbs.
                                                                                $4.99/lb for larger crabs

                                                                                1. Ranch 99 in El Cerrito had many tanks full of lively, kicking crabs for $5.99/lb. I asked for 2 large, came out to 5lbs.

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                                                                                  1. re: bobabear

                                                                                    Will Ranch 99 cut it up into segments for their customers?

                                                                                    1. re: free sample addict aka Tracy L

                                                                                      Yup, the options I overheard while in line were clean and various ways to cut it up.

                                                                                      1. re: bobabear

                                                                                        Awesome, I have been wanting to make chili or garlic crab. Thanks

                                                                                  2. $4.99 lb. fresh/cooked at Costco San Leandro today.

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                                                                                    1. re: jillyju

                                                                                      And so disappointing. Mild flavor but the mushiness made them inedible. I specifically asked if the crabs had been previously frozen and was that they were not. I'm annoyed enough that I'm thinking of requesting a refund.

                                                                                      1. re: jillyju

                                                                                        Unless a place has a tank with live crabs and is cooking them while you watch, "fresh cooked" seems like false advertising.

                                                                                    2. We bought a Dungeness crab advertised as "fresh" in Stockton today at Safeway Country Club. $4.99 and was awful. No flavor, mushy and tasted previously frozen.

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                                                                                      1. re: CeePrompt

                                                                                        These reports are saddening because the actual fresh stuff is so good. Dispiriting that ANY of these crabs are mushy seemingly-frozen inedibility.

                                                                                        1. re: CeePrompt

                                                                                          I looked around online and there is an Asian market that sells live Dungeness and also will steam it for the customer. Lions Supermarket 7924 N El Dorado. I am heading there this week end to check out the crab. Will post IF I survive the neighborhood:)

                                                                                        2. I bought some yesterday for $4.39 lbs. at Me Kong Supermarket in Milpitas.

                                                                                          1. Picked up 10 crab this afternoon from Clipper II @ Moss Landing Harbor. $6/lb for crabs that avg 2 lb. Captain says fishing is slow. Gardena (the closer in boat with the line of people) also selling off the boat for $6.75/lb. Seafood boil tomorrow.

                                                                                             
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                                                                                            1. re: Bleacher Dave

                                                                                              Does anyone have a more recent price for the crabs off of the boat?

                                                                                              1. re: rubadubgdub

                                                                                                $6 per lb yesterday in Half Moon Bay

                                                                                                 
                                                                                                1. re: rubadubgdub

                                                                                                  Get the Fishline app for iOS or Android. It's crowdsourced and relatively up to date. Last I checked it was $6/lb, pretty much the same as every day this season except for the opening weekend.

                                                                                                  1. re: dpifko

                                                                                                    Thanks. Dang, that's pricey for the boats. I can't remember it ever being that high.

                                                                                                    1. re: rubadubgdub

                                                                                                      I agree. I like the people out there, and I like buying directly from them, but it could have a long term impact on their ability to sell out if they leave a lasting impression in customers' minds that HMB is more expensive than the local supermarket despite not having to pay for distribution and retail markup.

                                                                                                      I'd like for this message to get to the fishing boats as a constructive comment, but don't have the channels to do so.

                                                                                                      1. re: dpifko

                                                                                                        I have to agree. I've bought from the boats many, many times in past years, always when I want 12 or more crabs. I've been waiting for a better price but it seems as if they are trying out a new price point this year. $6 is same price as what I can get at a very good fish market up here so there's no reason for me to travel.

                                                                                                        1. re: dpifko

                                                                                                          Yes, very interesting. I think word has gotten out that it's a fun afternoon in the weekend, so why should they drop prices? I did go out on the first weekend just for the fun of it, but certainly haven't been back at that price.

                                                                                                2. Cooke's Seafood in MP, day before thanksgiving: $8.95/lb (!)

                                                                                                  but the crab was excellently sweet

                                                                                                  1. Let me know! I know that market! Thx

                                                                                                    1. $5.69/lb at the 99Ranch in DC.

                                                                                                      1. Commercial crab season opens north of Mendocino tomorrow, so that should increase supply.

                                                                                                        http://www.pressdemocrat.com/article/...

                                                                                                        1. Lucky Seafood - 376 8th Street, Oakland Chinatown $4.69/lb Large size. I bought 3 live on 11/30, avg weight 2.5# each! Cooked up Singapore Chili Style.... GF and I pigged happily on sweet, tender and fresh crab that night and her mom and nieces got the leftovers and raved! Best fresh Dungies in years!

                                                                                                           
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                                                                                                          1. re: MicVelo

                                                                                                            The smaller sized ones were also going for $3.99 /#.

                                                                                                            1. re: MicVelo

                                                                                                              Follow up 12/5/13 - Lucky Seafood - crab price down to $4.39/lb for large size (2.0+ lb) BUT.... weather conditions are preventing pots from being pulled up so stock is low (less than half tank whereas a few days ago, had two FULL tanks) and undetermined next shipment in will be higher priced.

                                                                                                              Also, Ranch 99 - El Cerrito $5.99/lb - they had pretty good sized ones.

                                                                                                              1. re: MicVelo

                                                                                                                Anyone seen the supply at Lucky Seafood recently? planning to go Christmas eve...

                                                                                                                1. re: sfeater

                                                                                                                  I was by the other day for other fish, under 2lb was $4.39/lb, over 2lbs (or larger) was $4.69/lb.

                                                                                                                  I think that's going to be the price this season given the new rules (fewer pots) but the season should also be longer.

                                                                                                            2. The crabbers up north will be holding out for higher prices:

                                                                                                              http://www.times-standard.com/localne...

                                                                                                              1. $4.99 today at Country Square Market in Vacaville. Looking for Melanie's crab steaming thread.

                                                                                                                This will work

                                                                                                                http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/4734...

                                                                                                                1. New May Wah had three tanks of crabs 2 days ago, $4.50/$4.99/$5.99. I got a 2.5 lber from the $5.99 tank. Very tasty.

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                                                                                                                  1. Saw the post about New May Wah... any other suggestions in SF city proper would be appreciated.

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                                                                                                                    1. re: sfchris

                                                                                                                      Sun Fat on Mission St. usually has live crabs in season at a good price.

                                                                                                                    2. $5.49 at country square in Vacaville today. That's a lot in these parts....but I bought 5 crabs, 11.8 pounds.

                                                                                                                        1. re: RBCal

                                                                                                                          Costco doesn't sell them in the tanks though, right? They're already cooked?

                                                                                                                        2. Richmond 99 Ranch: $5.99/lb. for 2+ lb. live crabs - full tanks this a.m. & a line of buyers

                                                                                                                          1. Cooked Dungeness Crab at Raley's/Nob Hill at 3.99/lb. Sale ends Tues next week.

                                                                                                                            Granted the critters were not alive and kicking, but they were not bad at all! Sure beats the hour long drive to R99!

                                                                                                                            1. $5.99/lb live at the 99Ranch in Daly City. Tanks were well-stocked.

                                                                                                                              1. Prevailing price on Stockton St in SF Chinatown yesterday for live crabs was $4.99/lb.

                                                                                                                                1. $6.99/lb cooked at Costco SF yesterday.

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                                                                                                                                  1. re: DezzerSF

                                                                                                                                    I was at Costco in San Bruno a week ago, and their cooked Dungeness crabs had the label saying they were previously frozen. But why?!

                                                                                                                                    1. re: vincentlo

                                                                                                                                      I spoke with one commercial crabber who told me that live crab sometimes comes into wholesalers in such huge batches that there is not enough retail demand for them. Cost to keep them live is also a factor, as well as the limited time they can be live. So they are frozen and sold later in the season when there are fewer live crabs available.

                                                                                                                                      1. re: baron45

                                                                                                                                        The live crab market is only a tiny fraction of total Dungeness sales though I've heard that it has been growing in recent years.

                                                                                                                                      2. re: vincentlo

                                                                                                                                        A lot of big commercial operations freeze their crab right after it's caught and sell it year-round.

                                                                                                                                    2. $6.99/lb at Lucky Seafood in Oakland.

                                                                                                                                      1. Does anyone know current New May Wah live crab prices? They wouldn't quote the price over the phone. THX!

                                                                                                                                        1. $6.99 per pound at Santa Rosa Seafood on Saturday. http://www.santarosaseafood.com/

                                                                                                                                          I almost had a heart attack when I walked in that morning seeing the signs that there was no crab and no more orders being taken due to low catch rates in Bodega Bay. Luckily, I had reserved mine on Thursday and got my order. Not sure of the exact weights, as my other purchases were all added together in the total, but one was definitely 2+ lbs. and the other two might have been a little under. They were all super lively and we couldn't believe the amount of fat that came out of those shells.

                                                                                                                                          I made the finest cioppino in a lifetime of cooking Dungeness with those babies. I had a 1/2 cup of softened Clover organic salted butter ready to make a compound butter. Unbelievably after adding the crab fat/crab mustard from this trio, I had 3+ cups worth for the dinner guests to enrich the cioppino, slather on garlic bread, eat with a spoon, etc. Some of my friends had never touched crab fat before, and this was a life-altering taste sensation for them. I had thought this would be butter flavored with crab fat, and instead it turned out to be copious amount of crab fat bound together with a little butter.

                                                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                          1. Prices jumped to $7.99/lb live at the 99Ranch in Daly City.

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                                                                                                                                            1. re: baron45

                                                                                                                                              Yup, and I had to eat the increase today to the tune of 5 crabs. Wonder if it was just a temporary jump to account for extra Super Bowl demand.

                                                                                                                                              1. re: bigwheel042

                                                                                                                                                Or maybe the weather kept boats from going out.

                                                                                                                                            2. As a crab fisherman I just sold to local processor in Westport, WA whole live dungeness at $5.50/lb. My understanding is those crab are being flown live to China via Vancouver, BC. It is a very low production year for Washington State coastal dungeness fishing. My friends fishing in CA and OR are having low catch rates also.

                                                                                                                                               
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                                                                                                                                                1. re: wolverinefish

                                                                                                                                                  I want those crab, too. Can you contact me on lawing@hotmail.com. thx. Lia

                                                                                                                                                2. Prices up to $8.99/lb today at the Daly City 99R.

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                                                                                                                                                  1. re: baron45

                                                                                                                                                    Has the California season ended?
                                                                                                                                                    I was told it has.

                                                                                                                                                    1. re: Agrippa

                                                                                                                                                      Not sure. I've been told the season runs until June.

                                                                                                                                                      Prices were $7.69 two days ago at San Pablo Supermarket in Richmond/San Pablo.

                                                                                                                                                      1. re: Agrippa

                                                                                                                                                        Depends on what you mean by season. It will be legal to fish for Dungeness for a few more months. However, supply was low this year and many local boats have stopped going out, effectively ending the "season".

                                                                                                                                                        1. re: Melanie Wong

                                                                                                                                                          Got it, that clarifies what a seafood monger told me.