Crab and groundfish dominate Alaska’s winter fisheries and hundreds of boats are out on the waters of both the Gulf of Alaska and Bering Sea.

Starting in Southeast, Sitka, fishing for rockfish closed Sunday in one region but could remain open through late March in others.

Diving for sea cucumbers and geoduck clams continues in the Panhandle. And openers for golden king crab and Tanners open concurrently on February 10. For golden kings, 70,000 pounds can be taken; Tanner catches will be assessed after a few days. Last year just under one million pounds, or 400,000 Tanner crabs came out of that fishery.

The winter troll fishery for Southeast Chinook salmon will close on March 15 to help conserve dwindling stocks. That fishery usually stays open through April.

Fishing for black rockfish is ongoing around Kodiak, Chignik and the Southern district of the Alaska Peninsula.

There’s lots of action going on for cod, flounders, pollock and other whitefish.

Fishing for trawlers opened on January 20. Gulf boats tied up for eight days before settling on an 11-cent pollock price, just a penny or so below the price in the Bering Sea.

The seasons are winding down for crabbers targeting snow crab and Tanners in the Bering Sea. The year’s first opener for red king crab will kick off at Norton Sound in early March with a small 50,000 pound harvest. A bigger opener will occur in the summer.

The North Pacific Fishery Management Council is meeting through February 12 in Seattle.

The state Board of Fisheries will wrap up its meeting cycle March 6-9 in Anchorage with a focus on statewide Dungeness crab, shrimp and miscellaneous shellfish.

The Fish Board also has a call out for proposals for its next cycle that targets fisheries at Bristol Bay, the Arctic-Yukon-Kuskokwim, Alaska Peninsula and Aleutian Islands. The proposal deadline is April 10.

Herring and halibut fisheries will kick off next month.

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