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…
Opies 2013...gearing up!—
F/V Northwestern (@fvnorthwestern) December 31, 2012
Leave for the fishing grounds in a day or two. All the gear is rigged and ready to be loaded. Internet is tough to find. #DeadliestCatch—
Zack Larson (@ZackLarson) December 31, 2012
Track F/V Cape Caution today as she leaves port via Captain Wild Bill's website:... fb.me/1Ls8zrR3G—
William J Wichrowski (@captwildbill) January 01, 2013
Ya were filming.New shows start first week in April.Going out to dinner.Its Saturday get off the darn computer ! Note to self. Night—
Johnathan Hillstrand (@captjohnathan) December 30, 2012
Headed back to AK today! Hope everyone has a happy new year! I will be out in the Bering sea for New Years!—
Scott Campbell Jr (@CaptScottJr) December 29, 2012
Leaving on Mon..wish us luck!..—
Edgar Hansen (@DeckbossEH) December 28, 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.
- Dutch Harbor Update | King Crab Season Wraps Up (juneautek.com)
- Fishtory | When Crab Was King (juneautek.com)
- Crab fisheries observers featured in video (thecordovatimes.com)
- Tannery crab fishery at Unalaska/Kelekta Bay opens Jan. 15 (thecordovatimes.com)
- Seafood processing jobs critical to Aleutians West residents (thecordovatimes.com)
- Big Quota Buy Brings More Crab to Unalaska (alaskapublic.org)
- [Albino] Blue snow crab found in Tottori (fukushima-diary.com)