Due to legislative inaction in Juneau, limited entry for the state's weathervane scallop fishery expired at the end of 2013.
The fishery now reverts to open access.
Vessels looking to target scallops inside state waters of the Yakutat, Prince William Sound, Kodiak or Dutch Harbor areas must register with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game by April 1.
More details in this press release.
Deckboss wonders what will happen if numerous vessels sign up. The scallop stock is small, and the department will need to control fishing effort.
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