ALASKA DEPARTMENT OF FISH AND GAME DIVISION OF COMMERCIAL FISHERIES NEWS RELEASE

BRISTOL BAY RED KING CRAB SEASON OPENS OCTOBER 15 TOTAL ALLOWABLE CATCH ANNOUNCED

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADF&G) and National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) have completed analysis of NMFS trawl survey data for Bristol Bay red king crab. The 2013/14 total allowable catch (TAC) is based on abundance and biomass estimates from the ADF&G length-based analysis model. The 2013/14 Bristol Bay red king crab fishery will open on October 15, 2013 at 12:00 (noon) and will remain open through January 15, 2014. The Bristol Bay red king crab fishery will not open in waters enclosed by 167° W longitude to 168° W longitude and 57°30’ N latitude to 58°30’ N latitude (ADF&G statistical areas 675730 and 675800) to protect Pribilof blue king crab.

Due to shutdown of the federal government, NMFS has announced that issuance of individual fishing and processing quotas (IFQ and IPQ) may be delayed. Community development quota (CDQ) permits are issued by ADF&G and will therefore not be delayed.

The Bristol Bay red king crab mature female abundance is over the threshold of 8.4 million crab and the effective spawning biomass (ESB) is over the threshold of 14.5 million pounds. The 2013 Bristol Bay red king crab ESB is estimated to be 49.3 million pounds. The ESB estimate is less than 55.0 million pounds but greater than 34.75 million pounds; therefore a 12.5 percent exploitation rate is applied to the estimated mature male abundance of 10.3 million crab. The TAC for the 2013/14 season is 8.600 million pounds and is allocated as follows:

Individual Fishing Quota (IFQ)

7,740,000 pounds

Community Development Quota (CDQ)

860,000 pounds

 

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BERING SEA TANNER CRAB SEASON OPENS OCTOBER 15 TOTAL ALLOWABLE CATCH ANNOUNCED

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADF&G) and National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) have completed analysis of NMFS trawl survey data for Bering Sea Tanner crab. Based on area-swept estimates, mature female biomass for Bering Sea District Tanner crab is above the minimum threshold for fishery opening. The 2013/14 Bering Sea Tanner crab fisheries will open October 15, 2013 and close March 31, 2014.

Due to shutdown of the federal government, NMFS has announced that issuance of individual fishing and processing quotas (IFQ and IPQ) may be delayed. Community development quota (CDQ) permits are issued by ADF&G and will therefore not be delayed.

The Bering Sea District Tanner crab stock is managed east and west of 166° W long, with a separate total allowable catch (TAC) for each area. The 2013/14 TACs are based on area-swept survey abundance and biomass estimates. Bering Sea Tanner crab fisheries were closed for the 2012/13 season because the estimated mature female biomass for the Eastern Subdistrict was below threshold; therefore, according to the regulatory harvest strategy TACs are reduced by one half. The TACs are allocated as follows:

East of 166° W long (EBT):

West of 166° W long (WBT):

Individual Fishing Quota (IFQ)

1,316,700 pounds

Community Development Quota (CDQ)

146,300 pounds

Total

1,463,000 pounds

Individual Fishing Quota (IFQ)

1,480,500 pounds

 

Community Development Quota (CDQ)

164,500 pounds

Total

1,645,000 pounds2013/14 Bering Sea Tanner crab season October 04, 2013

Cora Campbell, Commissioner Jeff Regnart, Director

Contact: Heather Fitch, BSAI Area Management Biologist Phone: (907) 581-1239 Fax: (907) 581-1572

Dutch Harbor Office P.O. Box 920587 Dutch Harbor, AK 99692

Date Issued: 10/04/2013

www.adfg.alaska.gov  

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