Fishing Boats to Be Watched ‘Down to the Last Crab’

Fishing Boats to Be Watched ‘Down to the Last Crab’
Los Angeles Times (subscription) – Los Angeles,CA,USA

ANCHORAGE — In the midst of a spreading oil spill from a wrecked freighter, hundreds of crab fishermen ventured into the Bering Sea this weekend, undaunted by concerns that their catches could be contaminated.

About 200 crab-fishing boats dropped their pots into the frigid waters off the Aleutian Islands despite reports in recent days that oil globs as big as two feet in diameter had reached Dutch Harbor, home port for the region’s crab fleet. Dutch Harbor is about 50 miles from the site of the freighter Selendang Ayu, which is believed to have spilled as much as 200,000 gallons of fuel oil.

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