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Fall Dungeness crab season sees decreased effort


About one fourth of crabbers are soaking their pots this fall compared to those fishing last summer, despite high prices.

Dungeness crab prices crept up one cent from $2.99 per pound to $3.00 per pound since summer. Dungeness prices have averaged around $2.40 during the past five years.

According to Alaska Department of Fish and Game data, 54 permit holders are fishing crab since October 1, compared to the 195 crabbers who fished this past summer and the 137 permit holders who fished last fall.

This fall, crabbers brought home 55,234 pounds of Dungeness as of October 9, according to pre...

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