Crabbers want to thwart thieves among their ranks

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COOS BAY, Ore. (AP) — Crabbers on the South Coast of Oregon say they’re trying again to stop rogue crabbers who steal the catch of fellow fishermen.

The fishermen call it “pot piracy” and say the theft of crabs from baited pots costs them each thousands of dollars a year.

Trouble is, it’s a hard charge to prove in court — unless a deckhand turns in a thieving captain.

The World newspaper in Coos Bay (http://bit.ly/HOahpv) reports that 37 local fishermen have joined an effort with the Oregon Crabbers Protective Association. The Newport group offers $5,000 rewards for information leading to a conviction and is expanding its reach.

Crabbers tell the World an earlier effort failed to produce any criminal charges.

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Information from: The World, http://www.theworldlink.com