Guns and Crustaceans

The fishermen of Yeonpyeong Island call it the Golden Sea: a patch of ocean where the blue crabs are fat and plentiful at this time of year. In the Golden Sea, a fisherman can fill his hold with at least two or three tons of crab—worth up to $70,000. But the Golden Sea's riches are hazardous to harvest. The crabs' breeding and feeding grounds are in waters that are claimed by both South and North Korea, and are also filled with warships. South Korean fishermen aren't supposed to cross the so-called Red Limit Line, which runs parallel to the ocean border...

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