From ADF&G, Oct. 5, 2016

bairdi Tanner crab Credit: adfg

bairdi Tanner crab
Credit: adfg

 

BERING SEA TANNER CRAB SEASON CLOSED

Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADF&G) and National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) have completed analysis of 2016 NMFS trawl survey results for the eastern Bering Sea Subdistrict Tanner crab stock.

The 2016 area-swept survey estimate of mature female biomass (8.067 million pounds) is below the minimum regulatory threshold of 9.832 million pounds necessary for a fishery opening. Therefore, the Bering Sea Tanner crab fisheries east and west of 166° W long will be closed for the 2016/17 season.

For questions regarding federal Crab Rationalization Program regulations, contact NOAA Fisheries Sustainable Fisheries Division at (907) 586-7228 or the NOAA Office of Law Enforcement in Kodiak at (907) 486-3298 or Dutch Harbor at (907) 581-2061.

For questions regarding quota shares and IFQ/IPQ, contact NOAA Fisheries RAM Division at 1-800-304-4846 (option #2). For information on the Tanner crab harvest strategy or fishery regulations contact ADF&G in Dutch Harbor at (907) 581-1239 or Kodiak at (907) 486-1840.

SAINT MATTHEW ISLAND SECTION BLUE KING CRAB SEASON CLOSED

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADF&G) and National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) have completed analysis of 2016 NMFS trawl and ADF&G pot survey results for Saint Matthew Island Section blue king crab. The 2016 model survey estimate of mature male abundance (1.381 million pounds) is below the minimum regulatory threshold of 1.469 million pounds necessary for a fishery opening. Therefore, Saint Matthew Island Section blue king crab will be closed for the 2016/17 season.

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