After a brief price strike ended Saturday with a marginally improved starting offer of $3 a pound from processors, Lower Columbia River crabbers hustled to get pots into the water fast as possible on Sunday, Dec. 29. Reporting from the Ilwaco waterfront at about 2 p.m. Sunday, Chinook Observer/Coast River Business Journal reporter Luke Whittaker said, "Ilwaco Landing has been busting with commercial crab boats coming and going all day. Many are now returning to pick up pots and bait for their second set. Hearing conditions have been fairly decent offshore." The weather and seas are forecast to become more challenging as the week wears on.