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Newfoundland and Labrador crab fishermen end tie-up after deal with processors

ST. JOHN'S, N.L. - A fisheries union and seafood processors in Newfoundland and Labrador finalized a deal Saturday that ends the tie-up in the province's crab fishery.

The Fish, Food and Allied Workers Union said two weeks ago that its members wouldn't go to sea until processors offered them a higher price.

Processors said Saturday they've agreed to pay an additional 17 cents a pound for all sales up to and including May 4.

The parties also agreed to set up a committee this fall to develop options for crab pricing structures aimed at avoiding price disputes in the future.

Union president Earle McCurdy has said fishermen were expecting a higher price based on what processing companies were indicating over the winter.



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