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When Crab Was King: The Rise and Fall of the Kodiak King Crab Fishery

A Year-long radio project of the Kodiak Maritime Museum

Salt Water Good, Fresh Water Dead (Episode 18 Runs Sept 7 thru 14)

Kodiak fisherman Nick Szabo tells of long waits to offload crab. Crab had to have circulating sea water--good, clean sea water in the holds to survive the 4 or 5 day waits.

Cecil Raney says you also had to be careful following a heavy rain as it would freshen the local waters and that fresh water would kill the crab in your tanks.

Sometimes Kodiak fishermen delivered their crab to Homer because the wait in Kodiak was too long.

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