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Warehouse fire devastates San Francisco's fishing industry

San Francisco Pier Fire
Posted at 11:56 PM, May 24, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-24 23:56:13-04

SAN FRANCISCO -- A huge fire that tore through a warehouse on San Francisco’s Fisherman’s Wharf has destroyed fishing gear used to deliver about two-thirds of the city’s fresh seafood.

Larry Collins, who runs the San Francisco Community Fishing Association, estimates that thousands of crab, shrimp and black cod traps worth up to $5 million were lost in the blaze.

With the Dungeness crab season expected to begin in mid-November, crab boat owners were racing to raise $1 million to buy new gear.