Dutch Harbor Update | King Crab Season Wraps Up

This year’s king crab quota was swiftly harvested this season.  The quota was slightly less than last season’s 7.85 millions pounds.  Excellent quality of the king crab could produce near record high prices.  Snow crab season, which starts in January, has the potential to be just as harsh as last season’s icy nightmare. Here are some recent tweets from the crabbing fleet.  Here’s a LIVE view from the Haystack!

 

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[tweet https://twitter.com/crabwizard/status/265899030301777920] [tweet https://twitter.com/captwildbill/status/266572160909320193] [tweet https://twitter.com/fvcorneliamarie/status/263753606459695104] [tweet https://twitter.com/crabwizard/status/263297469906038785]

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The Bristol Bay red king crab season opened on Oct. 15, and on Tuesday, the season was almost over. Just 11 boats were still crabbing, and 52 had taken their red king quota, according to Fish and Game, reporting a harvest of 7.36 million pounds taken from the season’s quota of 7.85 million pounds, almost the same as last year.

In the St. Matthews blue king crab fishery on Tuesday, 679,000 pounds were harvested from a quota of 1.63 million pounds, with 16 vessels still registered, while one had finished fishing.

Bering Sea snow crab is the next big shellfish harvest, which typically starts in January, with a substantially reduced quota of around 66 million pounds, down from 89 million last year.

Jacobsen said weather forecasts indicated perhaps a repeat of last year for ice obstructing the fishing grounds, and denting boat hulls. Some boats are getting better prepared by reinforcing their bows with more steel, Jacobsen said.

via Good cluster luck for crabbers – The Bristol Bay Times.

via Red King Crab Season Comes to a Close.

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