By: Peggy Parker
2016/2017 season for golden king crab in Southeast Alaska will open Friday, February 17, to a guideline harvest limit (GHL) that is 30 percent less than last season’s.
The Petersburg office of the Alaska Department of Fish and Game announced a GHL of 105,000 pounds within seven management areas in Alaska’s panhandle, from approximately Wrangell north to Haines.
Last year’s GHL for golden king crab was 155,000 pounds. The areas where significant catch limit cuts were made was in East Central and Mid-Chatham Strait, where GHLs went from 30,000 lbs to 15,000 lbs and from 40,000 lbs to 20,000 lbs respectively.
The northern district dropped from 15,000 lbs last year to 10,000 this year and Icy Straight’s GHL dropped 2,000 lbs from 12,000 lbs to 10,000 lbs this year.
The golden king crab season opens the same day tanner crab opens in Southeast, to lower estimates of biomass for that species, as well. October 2016 survey data produced a regional biomass estimate of 4.91 million pounds of mature male Tanner crab, a decrease from a mature male Tanner crab biomass estimate of 5.69 million pounds from the previous year.
Harvesters must register by January 19, 2017. Full regulations, including logbook and reporting requirements, closed areas, and retention restrictions can be found here.
Reprinted with permission of SeafoodNews.com
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