Wednesday, October 26, 2022

Big crab news for Kodiak

Alaska crab news has been pretty depressing lately. Now comes something brighter.

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game today announced a Tanner crab quota of 5.8 million pounds for Kodiak. That's a huge jump from last season's 1.1 million pounds.

Pass the drawn butter!

Friday, October 21, 2022

'Prepared to fight'

Alaska Bering Sea Crabbers, a trade association, posted the following to Facebook:

This week, Alaska's crab industry is continuing to absorb the seismic shock of the Bristol Bay red king crab and snow crab closures.

So what's next? Crabbers are asking for a path forward with economic stability. They believe there is a way to have a low, steady harvest with added conservation measures while crab stocks rebuild. Crabbers also need federal aid to weather this storm, and they need it quickly.

We know that tough times are ahead, but our fishermen are stewards of the crab resource and are prepared to fight for its existence.

Wednesday, October 19, 2022

Crab industry's cry for help

Crab harvesters, processors and communities staggered by the closure of Being Sea king and snow crab fisheries want Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy to request federal disaster relief.

Tuesday, October 18, 2022

St. Paul to seek federal disaster relief

St. Paul interests explain why the Bering Sea snow crab closure is so devastating to the Bering Sea island community.

Sunday, October 16, 2022

Saturday, October 15, 2022

The continuing fight over Metlakatla's fishing rights

Alaska is petitioning the San Francisco appeals court to reconsider its recent ruling that would appear to exempt Metlakatla Indian Community fishermen from the state's limited entry program.

Wednesday, October 12, 2022

Herring looking up in Prince William Sound

The spawning biomass estimate for Prince William Sound herring is the largest since 2009, but fisheries will remain closed through mid-2023.

More details in this announcement from the Alaska Department of Fish and Game.

Monday, October 10, 2022

A crab catastrophe

The Bristol Bay red king crab fishery will be closed for a second consecutive season, and the Bering Sea snow crab fishery will be closed as well, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game just announced.

Tuesday, October 4, 2022

A minimum age policy for halibut and sablefish

The National Marine Fisheries Service has instituted a policy establishing a minimum age of 18 for receiving halibut and sablefish quota by transfer.