Thursday, October 15, 2009

Hoping for a nondeadly catch

The major Bering Sea king and Tanner crab fisheries opened at noon today, with the main quarry initially being those giant Bristol Bay red king crab. The total allowable catch this season is 16 million pounds of red kings, down almost 22 percent from last season. The U.S. Coast Guard, citing figures from the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, reports that 62 boats are expected to be on the fishing grounds, although 93 preregistered. The Coast Guard has staged a Kodiak-based rescue helicopter at Cold Bay. USCG photo

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