4% Cut Recommended to Norton Sound's Winter Season King Crab Quota; Ice Conditions Reportedly Poor
SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Michael Ramsingh - February 2, 2017
Alaska’s winter red king crab season in Norton Sound will start on February 7 and could be operating with a quota slightly below last year’s. The region’s crabbers have also been advised of poor ice conditions.
The Alaska Department of Fish and Game’s Crab Planning Team recommended a total commercial Guideline Harvest Limit (GHL) of 496,000 pounds. This was based on a total legal male biomass of 4.32 million pounds.
The resulting winter harvest based on these figures is 39,744 lbs since regulations require 8 percent of the GHL to be allocated to the winter season fishery...
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