Warm water slows crab development

<I>KEVIN HEIMBIGNER photo</I>

Thousands of crab pots at the Port of Chinook stand ready and waiting for the upcoming season set to open Dec. 1. However, a recent test revealed that the crab may not be developed enough to open the season on this traditional starting date. The lack of development is suspected to have been caused by warmer than normal water temperatures off the coast this fall. A month's delay in the season's start would be bad news for many Peninsula families, who rely on crabbing income for everything from rent to Christmas presents.

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