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Friday, October 11, 2013

Alaska crabbers face ‘fishing cliff’ with government shutdown

The Alaska crab season is set to open Tuesday. But crews can’t set out until they get permits from the National Marine Fisheries Service, which is closed due to the federal government shutdown. That could mean a big economic loss for fleets in Washington state. Above, a crab pot is lowered onto the Arctic Hunter in March.