Group Of Miami Beach Crabbers Seek More Money For Claws

A small group of fishermen went on strike, seeking more money for their stone crabs.

Wednesday, Oct 16, 2013  |  Updated 10:09 AM EDT
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Florida's Stone Crab Season Begins

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Stone Crab Season Begins in South Florida

The stone crab seasons begins Tuesday in South Florida. NBC 6's Julia Bagg reports.

Florida's Stone Crab Season Begins

Florida's stone crab season is beginning and fishermen are ready to hit the waters. Capt. Mike Henry comments.
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As Miami Beach's legendary Joe's Stone Crab restaurant opened for the season one small group of fishermen went on strike, seeking more money for the popular crustaceans.

The crabbers want Joe's to pay more for crabs, The Miami Herald reported. 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.

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