Red King Crab Wraps, Outlook Grim for Future Fisheries
It’s a wrap for the red king crab fishery at Bristol Bay with a fleet of 54 boats taking the 3.8 million pound catch quota in little over one month.
That’s the lowest catch since 2005 and it could be the last one for the foreseeable future.
Fishing was scratchy with an average catch of 15.6 crabs per pot, down five from the past two years and the lowest catch rate in 14 years.
The red king crab were hefty, averaging 7.14 pounds, the biggest weight in the history of the...
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