The six-member commission broke from the recommendations of its scientific staff in setting an overall limit of 50.67 million pounds, 1.97 million pounds higher than the staff advised.
For Southeast Alaska (Area 2C), commissioners set a catch limit of 4.4 million pounds, a 12.4 percent cut.
That's actually good news for Southeast fishermen, who were facing a 26.1 percent cut under the staff recommendation. The catch limit in Southeast has declined steeply in recent years.
The season will open at noon March 6 and close at noon Nov. 15. The start date is 15 days earlier than last year.
Here are the catch limits by area, expressed in millions of pounds:
|Regulatory area||IPHC approved 2009 limits||IPHC approved 2010 limits||% change|
For a map of IPHC regulatory areas, click here.