" National fisheries managers who are supposed to assign individual quotas for the multimillion-dollar harvest before its scheduled opening next week are among federal workers who have been furloughed. Fishermen said Wednesday there is no time to waste in cashing in on the lucrative market in Japan, where the (red) crab is highly prized for holiday celebrations — and that means getting the catch on the way to the island nation by mid-November. Missing Japan's holiday season could mean a loss of up to $7 million.
Source: Shutdown may hit Alaska "Deadliest Catch" fishery
By RACHEL D'ORO
October 9th 2013