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    King Crab 2016

    BRISTOL BAY RED KING CRAB SEASON
    OPENS OCTOBER 15

    TOTAL ALLOWABLE CATCH ANNOUNCED

    The Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADF&G) and National Marine Fisheries Service(NMFS) have completed analysis of 2016 NMFS trawl survey results for Bristol Bay red king crab.

    The 2016/17 Bristol Bay red king crab total allowable catch (TAC) is 8.469 million pounds and the fishing season will open October 15, 2016 at 12:00 noon and remain open through January 15, 2017.

    The 2016/17 TAC is apportioned as follows:Individual Fishing Quota (IFQ) 7,622,100 pounds Community Development Quota (CDQ) 846,900 pounds Total 8,469,000 pounds

    Abundance estimates are from the ADF&G length-based assessment model. The Bristol Bay red king crab mature female abundance is over the harvest strategy threshold of 8.4 million crab and the 2016 effective spawning biomass (ESB) of 42.21 million pounds is over the threshold of 14.5million pounds. The 2016 ESB estimate is less than 55.0 million pounds but greater than 34.75million pounds; therefore, a 12.5% exploitation rate is applied to the estimated mature male abundance of 10.18 million crab.

    Despite a higher than average number of discarded of legal males observed during the 2015/16 season, the 2016/17 TAC was not discounted for this added mortality. However, discards of legal-sized male red king crab during the 2016/17 season will be closely monitored and could result in a lower TAC for the 2017/18 season.

    A valid United States Coast Guard (USCG) Commercial Fisheries Vessel Safety Decal is required before a vessel registration may be issued. Vessels must also have an activated vessel monitoring system approved by NMFS. The operator of a vessel participating in IFQ or CDQ crab fisheries must notify the USCG at least 24 hours prior to departing port when carrying crab pot gear.

    USCG can be contacted at: (907) 581-3466 or (907) 359-1575 (after hours).

    At the time of vessel registration, all pots onboard the vessel and in wet storage must be in compliance with current Bristol Bay red king crab fishing regulations. There is no crab pot limit or buoy tag requirement for the Bristol Bay red king crab fishery; however, fishermen may register no more than 10 groundfish pots for bait. A fisherman may transport crab pot gear to the fishing grounds for another fisherman. The registered fisherman of the crab pot gear has seven days to be active in the registration area where the gear is deployed. Fishermen may register for gear operation cooperatives, and, a fisherman may make a one-time transfer of all pot gear to one other fisherman at the completion of fishing operations.

    Preseason gear inspections will be available beginning October 8, 2016 in Dutch Harbor and October 13 in King Cove and Akutan. Vessel registration will begin at 9:00 a.m. October 14,2016. An individual holding a current Commercial Fisheries Entry Commission (CFEC) Bristol Bay king crab interim use permit card (K91T or K09T) must be present during registration.

    Fishermen may participate concurrently in IFQ and CDQ fisheries, but a separate registration and CFEC permit card are required for each fishery and CDQ group.Fishermen must notify ADF&G within 72 hours of completing fishing operations in the registration area or when departing the registration area with gear in long-term storage or transferred to another vessel. Unbaited gear with doors open may be stored for up to 14 days outside of designated storage areas after fishing is completed. Pots must be removed from the water or placed in long-term storage if left unattended in a registration area for more than 14 days. A fisherman’s registration will be invalidated after 14 days of inactivity in a registration area.

    For questions regarding issuance of quota share and IFQ/IPQ, contact NOAA Fisheries RAM Division at 1-800-304-4846 (option #2).

    For questions regarding federal Crab Rationalization Program regulations, contact NOAA Fisheries Sustainable Fisheries Division at (907) 586-7228 or the NOAA Office of Law Enforcement in Kodiak at (907) 486-3298 or Dutch Harbor at (907)581-2061.

    For further information contact ADF&G Dutch Harbor at (907) 581-1239, or ADF&G Kodiak at(907) 486-1840.

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    Re: King Crab 2016

    Is that a little lower than last year?
    A positive attitude may not solve all your problems, but it will annoy enough people to make it worth the effort. ~ Herm Albright

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    Re: King Crab 2016

    PRIBILOF DISTRICT
    RED AND BLUE KING CRAB SEASONS CLOSED

    Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADF&G) and National Marine Fisheries Service have completed analysis of 2016 NMFS trawl survey results for Pribilof District red and blue king crabs.

    Pribilof District red and blue king crab fisheries will remain closed for the 2016/17 season.

    The 2016 area-swept estimates for Pribilof District blue king crab indicate continued low abundance, remaining well below the minimum stock size threshold. Pribilof District blue king crab must meet a minimum threshold of 13.2 million pounds of total mature biomass (TMB) in two consecutive years for the fishery to open. Both the 2015 and 2016 estimates of TMB are well below this threshold; therefore, the fishery will remain closed.

    There is considerable uncertainty surrounding precision of Pribilof District red king crab abundance estimates. Given this uncertainty and high potential for blue king crab bycatch mortality during a red king crab fishery, the Pribilof District red king crab fishery will remain closed.

    For further information contact ADF&G Dutch Harbor at (907) 581-1239, or ADF&G Kodiak at(907) 486-1840.
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    Re: King Crab 2016

    SAINT MATTHEW ISLAND SECTION
    BLUE KING CRAB SEASON CLOSED

    The Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADF&G) and National Marine Fisheries Service(NMFS) have completed analysis of 2016 NMFS trawl and ADF&G pot survey results for Saint Matthew Island Section blue king crab. The 2016 model survey estimate of mature male abundance (1.381 million pounds) is below the minimum regulatory threshold of 1.469 million pounds necessary for a fishery opening. Therefore, Saint Matthew Island Section blue king crab will be closed for the 2016/17 season.

    For questions regarding federal Crab Rationalization Program regulations, contact NOAA Fisheries Sustainable Fisheries Division at (907) 586-7228 or the NOAA Office of Law Enforcement in Kodiak at (907) 486-3298 or Dutch Harbor at (907) 581-2061.

    For questions regarding quota shares and IFQ/IPQ, contact NOAA Fisheries RAM Division at 1-800-304-4846 (option #2).For further information contact ADF&G Dutch Harbor at (907) 581-1239, or ADF&G Kodiak at(907) 486-1840.
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    Re: King Crab 2016

    BERING SEA
    TANNER CRAB SEASON CLOSED

    Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADF&G) and National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS)have completed analysis of 2016 NMFS trawl survey results for the eastern Bering Sea Subdistrict Tanner crab stock. The 2016 area-swept survey estimate of mature female biomass (8.067 million pounds) is below the minimum regulatory threshold of 9.832 million pounds necessary for a fishery opening. Therefore, the Bering Sea Tanner crab fisheries east and west of 166° W long will be closed for the 2016/17 season.

    For questions regarding federal Crab Rationalization Program regulations, contact NOAA Fisheries Sustainable Fisheries Division at (907) 586-7228 or the NOAA Office of Law Enforcement in Kodiak at (907) 486-3298 or Dutch Harbor at (907) 581-2061. For questions regarding quota shares and IFQ/IPQ, contact NOAA Fisheries RAM Division at 1-800-304-4846 (option #2).For information on the Tanner crab harvest strategy or fishery regulations contact ADF&G in Dutch Harbor at (907) 581-1239 or Kodiak at (907) 486-1840.
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    Re: King Crab 2016

    Crabbers holding out hope for high prices after cuts


    Local mayors petition Board of Fisheries to review Tanner crab closure


    By: DJ Summers
    Alaska Journal of Commerce

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    Wed, 10/19/2016 - 2:25pm



    Despite a grim beginning to the season, members of the crab industry are holding out hope for high prices and a late fishery.

    The Alaska Board of Fisheries hasn’t yet decided whether to review harvest guidelines for Eastern Bering Sea Tanner crab and potentially open the season in January or earlier, or leave the fishery closed entirely for the next two years. Meanwhile, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game cut the quota for snow crab by 50 percent and for Bristol Bay red king crab by15 percent.


    Despite the cuts, crab industry stakeholders say the season for Bristol Bay red king crab is moving along at more than a healthy clip.


    “Some good news from the grounds, the crab look good. They’re heavy. There’s a lot of small crab, females. Folks are seeing pots just plugged with crab — so full they can’t get another one in,” said Jake Jacobsen, director of the Inter-Cooperative Exchange, a crab harvesting cooperative with 188 members that together harvest 70 percent of Alaska’s crab.


    Jacobsen said that given the density of the fishing, he wonders why the surveys that measure abundance didn’t pick anything up.“The reports I’ve got, maybe the people who aren’t doing so well don’t say anything,” he said. “There’s a lot of very optimistic reports from the grounds. I’m not sure what happened with the survey last summer.”

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    Re: King Crab 2016

    EASTERN ALEUTIAN DISTRICT
    TANNER CRAB 2017 FISHERY CLOSED

    Alaska Department of Fish and Game has completed analysis of trawl survey results for the Eastern Aleutian District Tanner crab stock.

    The 2016 trawl survey estimates of mature male Tanner crab abundance were compared to established regulatory thresholds for the Unalaska/Kalekta Bay, Makushin/Skan Bay, and Akutan Sections. A commercial Tanner crab fishery may occur when estimated abundance of mature male Tanner crab meets or exceeds stock size thresholds established in regulation and provides for a guideline harvest level (GHL)of at least 35,000 pounds (5 AAC 35.509 Eastern Aleutian District Tanner crab harvest strategy).

    Akutan Section: The 2016 survey-estimated mature male abundance was below the regulatory threshold; therefore, the Akutan Section will be closed for the 2017 season.

    Makushin/Skan Bay Section: The 2016 survey-estimated mature male abundance was above the regulatory threshold. The calculated GHL for 2017, as prescribed by the harvest strategy, was below the minimum 35,000 pound GHL; therefore, the Makushin/Skan Bay Section will be closed for the 2017 season.

    Unalaska/Kalekta Bay Section: The 2016 survey-estimated mature male abundance was below the regulatory threshold; therefore, the Unalaska/Kalekta Bay Section will be closed for the 2017 season.

    For further information, contact the Alaska Department of Fish and Game in Dutch Harbor at(907) 581-1239.
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