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Crab fisherman lose fight to lift catch limits

Associated Press - September 5, 2009 3:25 PM ET

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - A group of commercial crab fishermen has lost a court bid to lift a state weekly catch limit imposed on Dungeness crabs.

The fishermen had sought an emergency restraining order requiring the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife to remove the catch limit.

Thurston County Superior Court Judge Anne Hirsch denied the request Friday saying they failed to show the restriction was "arbitrary and capricious."

The Olympian reports the state had imposed a weekly limit of 2,500 pounds on the industry on Aug. 28 to protect Dungeness crabs. That limit was raised to 4,500 pounds on Sept. 1. The crab season ends Sept. 15.

The fishermen, most based in Westport, argued the state used faulty information to set the limit.

Information from: The Olympian, http://www.theolympian.com

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