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Father and son stone crab boat captains, Austin Johnson (left) and Kit Johnson, take a break from making last minute boat repairs. Joanna Chau/Eagle Correspondent

Father and son stone crab boat captains, Austin Johnson (left) and Kit Johnson, take a break from making last minute boat repairs. Joanna Chau/Eagle Correspondent

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  • Father and son stone crab boat captains, Austin Johnson (left) and Kit Johnson, take a break from making last minute boat repairs. Joanna Chau/Eagle Correspondent
  • Weeks  fixes a broken trap. Many of them need to be repaired after months of exposure and use. Joanna Chau/Eagle Correspondent
  • Todd Dahlke shows where the procession of boats come in for the blessing. Joanna Chau/Eagle Correspondent
  • Collins prepares a buoy for branding. The unique number and colors on the buoys mark a crew's trap area. Joanna Chau/Eagle Correspondent
  • The 'Serious Addiction' sits on the river ready for stone crab season, which starts Oct. 15. Joanna Chau/Eagle Correspondent
  • The Collins stone crab fishing crew will prep and repair thousand of traps for the upcoming season. Joanna Chau/Eagle Correspondent
  • Weeks gathers a set of traps for eventual loading onto the boat. Joanna Chau/Eagle Correspondent
  • A stone crab fishing  crew cleans and prepares the crab traps. They will prep more than 20,000 traps  for the upcoming season. Joanna Chau/Eagle Correspondent

On Sunday crabbers will get some extra spiritual support when they participate in the third annual Blessing of the Stone Crab Fleet in Everglades City.

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