ILWACO — For the first time in seven years, Washington commercial crab fishermen are preparing to pull pots during the first week of December.

The 73-hour pre-soak period, when commercial crabbers are first permitted to set gear, began at 8 a.m. Sunday. Commercial fishermen can begin pulling pots at 9 a.m. Wednesday, with the first official deliveries likely reaching local ports later in the day.

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