The Canadian snow crab fishery is facing a tough season, and prices are expected to be slightly higher for retail and foodservice customers.

Soon after the season opened in early April, there are already disputes between Newfoundland fishermen and the Canadian government’s Standing Fish Price Setting Panel, which set raw material prices for snow crab at USD 1.35 a pound this season. The boat price is slightly higher than last season but below 2008 levels.

In addition, Canada’s Department of Fi…