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NSEDC to Resume Purchases of Norton Sound Red King Crab
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NSEDC to Resume Purchases of Norton Sound Red King Crab

Norton Sound Economic Development Corp. board members have voted to resume purchases of Norton Sound red king crab this summer. The decision comes after two years of decreased fishing pressure and the maturing of a new cohort of crab. The NSEDC board said data now indicates that crab populations have rebounded to a level that allows for responsible harvest. An Alaska Department of Fish and Game 2021 summer trawl survey, which provides essential data for establishing crab harvest guidelines, showed a significant pulse of legal sized male crab moving into the fishery and reports of productive winter subsistence fishing appears to support that finding. NSEDC Board Chairman Frank Katchatag said it had been very difficult to see their commercial harvesters sidelines for the last tw...
NPFMC Requests Expanded Discussion Paper on Bristol Bay Red King Crab Issues
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NPFMC Requests Expanded Discussion Paper on Bristol Bay Red King Crab Issues

At their April meeting, federal fisheries managers voted for an extended discussion paper with an analysis of impacts of annual or seasonal closures to pelagic trawl, groundfish pot and longline gear in the Red King Crab Savings Area, plus tables for all sources of BBRKC mortality across federal waters.  The North Pacific Fishery Management Council also requested that the paper go to its scientific and statistical committee for review and comment before it is presented at the October council session.  The unanimous vote came after extensive testimony and discussion at the Anchorage meeting, a move that Alaska Bering Sea Crabbers Executive Director Jamie Goen called a step in the right direction, but that left out some important protections for crab and also was action not happeni...