The crabbing and fishing community are as much a part of San Francisco's unique identity as our cable cars and Sutro Tower.
In the wee hours of Saturday, May 23, a four-alarm fire erupted at Pier 45, engulfing a warehouse the size of a football field and wiping out the life's work of roughly 30 families who have fished the Bay for generations.
Thousands of crab, shrimp and black cod traps worth up to $5 million were lost in the blaze. With crab season fast-approaching, the work must happen now to replace the handmade crab pots and traps that must be crafted and shipped from as far away as Washington State.
San Francisco takes care of its own, and we are asking the residents and restaurants who have depended on the fresh seafood provided from our hard-working crabbing and fishing community to dig deep to help provide the relief in this critical hour.
Your tax-deductible donations will be distributed per criteria vetted by the Crab Boat Owners Association, the SF Port and Supervisor Peskin's office to those who need to restock their equipment now, in advance of the fall crab season. Donations will be collected and distributed by nonprofit partner Main Street Launch.
We don't have time to waste -- please give what you can to preserve this beloved community in San Francisco.