The Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADF&G) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) announced total allowable catch for the 2019/2020 season for Bistol Bay Red King crab, Bering Sea Snow crab and Bering Sea Bairdi.
Although slightly smaller than their Red and Blue King crab cousins, Alaska Golden King crab are known for their excellent texture and milder, slightly sweeter taste. Golden King crab derive their name from the golden hue of their shell.
Fishing quotas for Aleutian Islands golden king crab are up again this year.
East of Atka, commercial fishermen can harvest 4.3 million pounds. To the west, they can take almost 2.9 million.
Those numbers represent 12- and 15-percent increases over last season, according to management biologist Miranda Westphal of the Alaska Department of Fish and Game.
Ever wonder how the size grades are set for King crab legs? Alaska King crab is marketed, or sized, according to the number of crab legs in a ten-pound package. Legs labeled ‘6/9’, for example, are large and it takes only six to nine legs to make up a ten-pound box.