New Limits on King Crabs Cut Size of Fishing Fleet

Every October for the past 30 years, Bering Sea fishermen have raced to bring in the fishery-wide quota of king crab in what was popularly known as "the derby," a mad dash that kept skippers awake for days on end, made boat owners fortunes in less than a week, supplied restaurants from Tokyo to New York — and cost numerous lives.

But recent changes have reduced the crab fleet to one-third of its size in 2004.

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