Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Norton Sound crab fishery opens

When it comes to Alaska crab, the glory fisheries are the big king and Tanner crab harvests of the Bering Sea.

But the state has lots of smaller crab fisheries in other regions, and they operate in relative obscurity year after year with no reality TV show to record the action.

One such regional fishery takes place way up north in Norton Sound.

On Monday of this week, the Norton Sound red king crab summer fishery opened at high noon.

The catch quota is 375,000 pounds. Of this amount, 7.5 percent or 28,125 pounds is reserved for harvesters in the Community Development Quota program.

The Norton Sound fleet generally comes out of Nome, as I understand it.

Good luck and good crabbing, guys.

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