ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- Alaska's red king crab fishery, made famous by the Discovery Channel reality show "Deadliest Catch," is finally kicking into full swing after returning furloughed federal workers issued the necessary permits.
The season officially opened Tuesday, but most of the participating boats remained at dock.
Mark Gleason with the Seattle-based trade association Alaska Bering Sea Crabbers says boats began heading into the Bering Sea from Alaska's Dutch Harbor on Thursday night.
That's less than 24 hours after the return of workers who assign individual fishing quotas for the Bristol Bay fishery.
The National Marine Fisheries Service workers were among those furloughed by the government's partial shutdown, which ended earlier this week after 16 days.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, which oversees the Fisheries Service, says some permits for designated crab-quota monitors were still being processed Friday.