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Tanner crab fishers hold to price demand

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Posted: Monday, February 28, 2005

KODIAK (AP) — Tanner crab fishers are holding fast to their plea for higher prices.

Fishers have been meeting every morning in Kodiak for the past six weeks as they wait for a price settlement so they can break what some call a ''stand-down'' and some call a ''strike.''

Fishers have rejected prices offered by local canneries — between $1.50 and $1.85 per pound, saying that Dutch Harbor canneries paid $2.60 for tanner crab. They are waiting for local canneries to raise their offers closer to Dutch Harbor prices, hoping for $2.25 per pound.

Western Alaska Fisheries recently topped the highest local offer by 10 cents, putting forth a price of $1.95 per pound, plant manager Mitch Kilborn said Friday.

Fishermen Mark Alwert said the cannery's offer was for only 90,000 pounds fished by 17 boats. There are currently 72 boats standing down.

In an open-meeting vote Friday morning, fishermen voted not to fish at this point, according to fisherman Norm Botz. He said however, that could quickly change.

''We voted the other day to accept the (offer from Western) but it was just for a few boats,'' he said. ''It wasn't enough to send the fleet out.''

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Information from: Kodiak Daily Mirror, http://www.kodiakdailymirror.com



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