Category Archives: Tanner Crab

Dutch Harbor Update | The Hunt For The Deadliest Catch Continues In 2013

Captains and Crew are gathering back in Dutch Harbor, Alaska for the opilio, “snow crab” season, which generally starts up after the new year.  The 25 percent cut in total quota should speed up the season.  Last year, boats  were challenged  by floating ice, creating the longest snow crab season in history.  Arctic Ice may play a huge factor in this season’s harvest, too.  The Arctic huge melt equals tons more floating ice in the southern fishing grounds.  Stay tuned for more updates as this season on the Bering Sea continues…

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January will also mark the start of the Bering Sea snow crab and Kodiak tanner crab fisheries.

The 2013 total allowable catch, or TAC, for Bering Sea snow crab was set at 66.35 million pounds, a 25 percent cut compared to nearly 89 million pounds in 2012.

The snow crab harvest cut comes from a decrease in the mature male biomass (females may not be retained), and a change in the stock’s age composition. The crab are much older than in the past — about 60 percent of the mature male biomass is old shell crab — compared to about 37 percent last year.

Fishing quota holders will be able to harvest 59.7 million pounds, while community development quota programs will take the remaining 6.6 million pounds.

Kodiak tanner crab will be harvested from the eastside and southeast sections, for a total of 660,000 pounds.

via Mixed outlook for fish stocks, new regs | Peninsula Clarion.

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.

Dutch Harbor Update | King Crab Pots Splash In The Bering Sea

The Bering Sea King Crab Fishery starts at high noon this Monday on the 15th of October. Actually, Snow crab,  Blue crab and King crab open at the same time this season. The blue crab quota is slightly smaller than last year, so many captains will have to decide which species to harvest first. The deadline for snow crab harvesting extends way into May.  King crab ends in Feburary, which is why these species are typically fished first.  Overall, 118 vessels will be participating  in this season’s fishery.  Two of those vessels will be new to the Deadliest Catch. Wild Bill from the F/V Kodiak will be operating the F/V Cape Caution this year and Elliot Neese from the F/V Rambling Rose purchased the F/V Saga. The Saga actually appeared in the first season of Deadliest Catch, so she’s no rookie to the Bering Sea.   The weather is always the main factor in this dangerous fishery.   NOAA states that Arctic Ice levels are at a record low this year.  However, last season the Bering Sea froze solid for the first time since the 70’s.  The current forecast calls for 30 kt. Winds and 12 foot seas, with mixed rain. Sounds like great crabbing weather! So, fresh King Crab will be  hitting the stores by the end of the week.  Order now in time for the holidays!  Check out the awesome crabbing footage supplied by KC Dochtermann from last years opilio fishery. I also included some tweets from the crabbing fleet. Good luck to all of the captains and crew participating in this year’s fishery!  Stay Frosty!

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North Pacific Fisheries Management Council Meetings 2012

This years meeting will cover a number of issues, including stellar sea lion protection, catch share issues, and crab allocations. The real heat of the meeting will focus on halibut and the battle between the charter and commercial fishermen. Halibut continues to be a tense issue because the quota has been decreased substantially over the past few years. Check below for links to LIVE audio of the meetings.  (here)  Read below for more info from Bristol Bay Times.  AbundentOceans has some great YouTube content from past meetings.  I expect that it will be updated soon.

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A long list of crabbing issues, decisions on halibut catch sharing, and groundfish regulations look to dominate a fall meeting of Pacific fisheries overseers.

The 15 members of the North Pacific Fishery Management Council will gather next week, beginning on Wednesday, to discuss fish issues for the Pacific Northwest.

The council is made up of 11 voting and four non-voting members. Seven of the voting members are from the state of Alaska, while others hail from Washington and Oregon.

The meeting is being held at the Anchorage Hilton from Oct. 3-9. For those unable to attend the public meeting, online participation is welcomed via http://www.fakr.noaa.gov/npfmc/.

After hearing initial reports from state and federal agencies, the council will move on to big-ticket items such as halibut, groundfish, stellar sea lions, vessel replacement issues and crab management.

In the halibut world, the council will make a final decision on the halibut catch sharing plan. If approved, the plan may move five percent of the yearly halibut allocation from commercial fishermen to charter and sport operations. There are a total of five options for Pacific halibut allocation on the table. That decision will be the first of the major issues addressed following reports.

via Halibut, crab, groundfish top council agenda – The Bristol Bay Times.

Dutch Harbor Update | Deadliest Catch Rumor Roundup

Another crab season on the Bering Sea is just around the corner. The actual forecast is about 19,000 metric tons of king crab, which is better than last year’s quota at 15,00 metric tons. This is still a small harvest for King Crab, but the price should hold. The quota for Oplio crab, also known as, Snow crab, has gone down this year by almost 30 percent. However, demand for snow crab has grown over the last few years as well, which means that the price is good. These are only preliminary estimates and the official total will be out by the end of october.

Here’s a little example of the Deadliest TwitterFeed.  It appears that Elliot is not returning to the Ramblin Rose and he is shopping for a boat.  Will he be on season 10?  The rest of the guys are prepping the boats for the upcoming season.  Check out the tweets below to catch up.  Filming will begin this fall and the next season will air in the spring.  Let’s hope the ice isn’t as bad as last year.








Here’s a crazy video that will give you a laugh.  Norwegians!   What can I say?

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Dutch Harbor Update | Snow Crab Extension Due to Record Breaking Ice Pack

For the first time ever, the snow crab fishery will be extended.  The grueling season is far from over for many boats.  Almost 1/4 of the 88.9 million pound quota still needs to be caught and the ice still covers most of the fishing grounds. Currently, the crab fishery is extended until May 31st. Even the Togiak herring fishery is off to a late start because of the record breaking sea ice this year.

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“Record sea ice significantly reduced available fishing grounds throughout a large portion of the snow crab season, and as a result, nearly 25 percent of the snow-crab total allowable catch has not been harvested,” according to Tuesday’s news release from the Alaska Department of Fish and Game in Unalaska. Fish and Game granted a partial extension of the eastern subdistrict between 171 and 173 degrees west longitude until May 31. The area was originally set to close May 15. All areas are now scheduled to close May 31, but ADF&G officials in Unalaska, Kodiak and Juneau are pondering whether to let the fishermen keep dropping pots into the water in June, said biologist Britta Baechler in Unalaska. On Monday, she said 57 boats were still registered, and 21 had finished fishing. As of Monday, 67.7 million pounds were harvested, she said. The season’s quota is about 88 million pounds. “Pretty much anybody involved in the industry is struggling this season,” Baechler said. But Al Mendoza, crab manager at Unisea in Unalaska agreed, said the extension “will definitely help. “There’s a lot of frustrated fishermen. It’s been a long winter season for the fishermen and processors, but everybody’s holding strong and trying to get through it,” Mendoza said. via ADF&G extends snow crab season – The Dutch Harbor Fisherman.

American Fisherman | F/V Debra D | Boat Cribs

Jason Crosby, a  multi-generational fisherman and a mini media mogul has just released the newest video in his Youtube quiver.  He recently broke 1,000,000 hits on his youtube channel for the series, American Fishermen.   Here’s a link to his popular youtube page.  Make sure to check out his various videos from multiple fisheries.  Red War (jump) is a must see about Halibut fishing.  Bloody Hell, describes it best.  If that’s not enough, be sure to check out Jason and his family as they restore a classic fishing vessel,the F/VGenius in Gig Harbor.  Old boats can be a real headache and a huge expense.  Check in with Jason and crew at his GoFundMe page.  So, set back and enjoy the video.

 

 

Dutch Harbor Update | Deadliest Catch Returns Tonight | When Hell Freezes Over

This past year’s crab season was one of the longest stretches in modern history.  A record breaking ice pack has kept the fleet fishing for months.  In fact, the Time Bandit is still on the grounds.  This season is sure to be an interesting one.  Tune in tonight for all the latest and greatest from Deadliest Catch Gang.  Here’s a sneak peak from the new season.

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