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Crab season

Waterman Chris Pritchett of Gloucester weighs bushels of crabs on a scale at a Bavon dock Tuesday morning before hauling them to Cricket Hill for purchase by Sea Farms. Pritchett said he caught his limit—27 bushels—both Monday and Tuesday, working the full eight hours both days allowed under crab regulations. The commercial crab pot season began last Thursday. On May 1, Pritchett said his limit will increase to 47 bushels a day and his working hours will change to 5 a.m. to 1 p.m. There were a lot of small crabs in the fall, he said, so he expects this to be a “decent year” for business. During the winter, Pritchett fishes for striped bass. Below, a basket of Pritchett's crabs. Photo by Sherry Hamilton ...

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