Wow! the weather has been really harsh this winter in Alaska. Many places are set for record snowfall and the Bering Sea ice is at its worst in 30 years. It looks like Deadliest Catch guys are scattering. Make sure to click thru the article to get all the details of the fishery. Here’s a peak into the Captains twitterverse, too. Also, I’ve included a video of the F/V Rollo in action. However, I doubt the footage is from this season. Its still worth a view, though. LIVE Dockcam!
Headin to Seattle tomorrow then to Baker for bank slalom weekend should be sick !!— Elliott Neese (@CaptElliott) February 8, 2012
Anchorage...— Bill Wichrowski (@captwildbill) February 4, 2012
Too long in anchorage— Bill Wichrowski (@captwildbill) February 4, 2012
Sea ice is making for slow going for the snow crabbers.
“Not a lot of area left” for the snow crabbers, said biologist Heather Fitch of the Alaska Department of Fish and Game in Unalaska.
Ice can break the lines connecting crab pots to buoys floating on the surface, pop the buoys loose, and actually relocate the pots, Fitch said, making them difficult for fishermen to find.
While 47 boats were registered, only 20 were still fishing with the rest standing down because of the ice, Fitch said. Several boats pulled up their pots with the help of other boats to avoid the ice, she added.
On Jan. 30 the total harvest was 19.6 million pounds of snow, or opilio, crab, with 18.6 million pounds of individual fishing quota crab, and another one million pounds from the community development quota allocation.
- Dutch Harbor Update | Baranof on the Rocks at Devil’s Point (juneautek.com)
- Internet Bycatch | Unalaska Police Blotter – Deadliest Catch Update (juneautek.com)
- The Alaska Fisheries Report with Jay Barrett | Ice Covered Bering Sea (juneautek.com)
- Arctic sea ice near record low levels in January (summitcountyvoice.com)
- More of that warming-caused cooling (junkscience.com)
- Dutch Harbor Update | Deadliest Catch Ready For 2012 Opener (juneautek.com)