Bering Sea crab fisheries open Oct. 15 for red king crab, snow crab and Tanners                           Credit:jacobimages.com

From AK Dept. of Fish and Game, October 5, 2017

BERING SEA SNOW CRAB SEASON  TOTAL ALLOWABLE CATCH ANNOUNCED

Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADF&G) and National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) have completed analysis of 2017 NMFS trawl survey results for Bering Sea snow crab. The 2017/18 Bering Sea snow crab fishery will open in Bering Sea District waters west of 165° W longitude at 12:00 noon October 15, 2017 and remain open through 11:59 pm, May 15, 2018 in the Eastern Subdistrict (east of 173° W longitude) and through 11:59 pm, May 31, 2018 in the Western Subdistrict (west of 173° W longitude).

The 2017/18 Bering Sea District snow crab fishery total allowable catch (TAC) is 18.961 million pounds and is apportioned as follows:

Individual Fishing Quota (IFQ) 17,064,900 pounds Community Development Quota —  (CDQ) 1,896,100 pounds              Total 18,961,000 pounds

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BERING SEA TANNER CRAB SEASON  TOTAL ALLOWABLE CATCH ANNOUNCED

Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADF&G) and National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) have completed analysis of 2017 NMFS trawl survey results for Bering Sea Tanner crab. Based on survey estimates,

Bering Sea District Tanner crab abundance is within the range required for fishery opening west of 166° W long. The 2017/18 Western Bering Sea Tanner crab fishery (WBT), west of 166° W long, will open 12:00 noon October 15, 2017 and close 11:59 pm March 31, 2018 with a TAC of 2,500,200 pounds.

The Bering Sea District Tanner crab TAC is apportioned as follows:

West of 166° W long (WBT) Individual Fishing Quota (IFQ) 2,250,180 pounds – Community Development Quota (CDQ) 250,020 pounds –    Total 2,500,200
East of 166° W long (EBT)   CLOSED 

The fisheries open on October 15th.

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