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10/20/03 crab NWS::  Crewman Jeff Madigan unties pots on the143 crab pot stack on the F/V Exito while crewmen below get a pot ready to set in Bristol Bay.  Each pot is 7' X 7' X 34" and weighs approximately 650 pounds.  This year's ADFG forecast of 14.7 million pounds was the largest projected harvest of Bristol Bay red king crab in 12 years.  It will be several weeks before crabbers know if that harvest was met.  The season lasted 5 days and 2 hours and was plagued with gale force winds of 35 knots or higher almost everyday.