This report further updates the status of crabbing in Oregon using helicopters in 1977. It summarizes the legal issues around helicopter crabbing and their resolution. The report mentions what may have been the fatal flaw in this method of crabbing. "In pulling a crab pot, the buoy line reportedly snapped, and under tension, rebounded into the helicopter rotor, causing it to crash into the ocean near shore." (p.2) Finally, it reports on experiments on the effect of high winds on crabs, and found minimal damage.
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