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King crab season in jeopardy because of shutdown

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King crab season in jeopardy because of shutdown

Metro

SEATTLE, Wash. – The king crab season is set to begin in a few days, but could become a casualty of the federal government shutdown.

Crab fishermen from Washington are in Alaska to prepare for the start of the season, but may not be able to obtain the necessary federal permits unless the shutdown ends.

Mark Gleason, who represents the crabbing industry, says unless those permits are issued, crab fishermen won’t be able to legally fish.

He says any delay of the month-long season could mean millions of dollars in losses for crab fishermen.

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