Price war delays crab season, possibly into 2021

If you were planning on Dungeness crab for Christmas dinner, better defrost a turkey instead.

The already-delayed commercial crab season was supposed to start Dec. 23, but it may be delayed yet again, this time due to price negotiations between crab fishermen and seafood processing companies.

The original delay by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife in mid-November was to protect migrating whales from getting entangled in fishing lines.

This time, it’s a price war that is putting the season on hold. And with discussions and negotiations still unfolding, it’s unclear when you’ll be able to find Dungeness crab at your local grocery store or fish market, says Max Boland, general manager of Safe Coast Seafoods, a crab supplier on San Francisco’s Pier 45.