A delay of even a few days could be costly, Rep. Suzan DelBene, D-Washington, said in a House speech last week. Her district includes the home port for some of the fleets that fish for Bering Sea crab.
"A delay could mean they'll miss out exporting to the all-important Asian holiday market when demand is at its highest and most lucrative," she said.
That could cost the industry millions, dealing it what she called a "crippling blow."
One fishing captain told CNN affiliate KIRO that the delay threatens what they call the "Super Bowl of crab fishing."
"We think of a lot of other things besides the government affecting our fishing -- weather, boats, crew," said Capt. Moore Dye of the fishing vessel Western Mariner. "This has really caught us off guard."
Move along, nothing to see
No, the Obama administration has not deployed helicopters to hover in front of Mount Rushmore National Monument with a giant, view-obscuring sheet, as the rumor-busting site snopes.com debunked last week.
But federal officials did -- for a time at least -- put traffic cones up at a pull-off where people stop to view the carving from a distance. Depending on whom you ask, the cones were either to block motorists from pulling off or to guide them into viewing areas.
"They won't even let you pull off on the side of the road," the Argus Leader newspaper in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, quoted state Tourism Department Secretary Jim Hagen as saying. "I just don't know what they're trying to accomplish."
The newspaper said park officials told the state the cones were meant only to channel motorists into viewing sites. They went up October 1, the day the shutdown began.
Federal officials removed the cones for at least a while after a snowstorm hit and crews needed to plow the roads, the newspaper reported.
"Once the snow's off the ground, we're going to be keeping an eye on how the cones go up," the newspaper quoted the governor's chief of staff, Dusty Johnson, as saying.
Don't go in there
The area around the Grand Canyon is a ghost town. It's no different inside, and park rangers are working to keep it that way, according to The Republic newspaper in Arizona.
Park officials have written about two dozen citations for people trying to sneak into the park. Some have been caught at the canyon's South Rim, others on trails or attempting hikes, the newspaper reported.
According to the Eagle-Tribune newspaper of North Andover, Massachusetts, tourist Pat Vaillancourt said National Park Service Guards held her tour group under armed guard in a Yellowstone National Park hotel and brusquely told tourists who had filed off their bus to take pictures of bison that they weren't to "recreate."
The tour guide argued to rangers that the tourists -- some of them from overseas -- weren't "recreating," just taking pictures.
"She responded and said, 'Sir, you are recreating,' and her tone became very aggressive," the newspaper quoted Vaillancourt as saying.
Yellowstone spokesman Al Nash, who despite being furloughed was asked by park officials to respond to some media inquiries when available, said hotel guests were never held under armed guard.