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Coast Guard moves helicopters to help crabbers

January 15, 2011|by Channel 2 News staff

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — The Coast Guard moved helicopters from Kodiak to St. Paul Island Saturday, in preparation for an influx of Bering Sea crabbers. Officials say the move will help crews better assist vessels on the winter fishing grounds.

According to the Coast Guard, winter in the Bering Sea is a combination of the year’s highest activity and worst weather.

Crab season opened Oct. 15, but most boats fish in January.

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