Peggy Parker – July 22, 2016, SeafoodNews.com
Alaska’s Department of Fish and Game announced August 1 as the opening date for the Golden King crab season in the Aleutian Islands. Catch limit for the 2016-17 season is a combined total of 5.545 million pounds.
Aleutian Islands Golden King crab are managed east and west of 174° W longitude with a separate total allowable catch (TAC) for each area. East of 174° W the TAC for individual quota (IFQ) holders is 2.979 million pounds and 331,000 for community development quota (CDQ). West of the line the TAC is 2,011,500 pounds for IFQ and 223,500 for the Adak Community Allocation (ACA).
The season opens at noon on August 1 and will close on April 30, 2017.
Catcher-only vessels are required to carry an observer for 50% (by weight) of their harvested Golden King crab during each of three trimesters (August 1 to October 31, November 1 to January 31, and February 1 to April 30). Catcher-processor vessels are required to carry an observer for 100% of all fishing activity. Observer coverage is funded using Aleutian Islands Golden King crab test fish funds.
Golden King crab were initially taken as an incidental harvest by the Red King crab fishery, but since 1981 a directed pot fishery has harvested the stock.
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