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10/20/03 crab NWS::  Crewmen Jeff Madigan (left) and Lee Fleury (right) sort out male red king crab that are 6.5 inches or bigger after a pot of crab is pulled aboard the F/V Exito and dumped onto a sorting table.  The smaller crab, which are juveniles and females, are tossed back into the sea, a regulation dictated by the Alaska Department of Fish & Game to preserve future stocks.  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.