Bristol Bay red king crab

Bristol Bay Fisheries Report July 14, 2016

Jul 14, 2016
Hannah Colton | KDLG

Another two million on the books yesterday, and Area Management Biologist Travis Elison speculates on how long catches’ll stay at that level. And, we check in with the fleet on who’s staying and going and why.

Crab fisheries open Oct. 15

Oct 9, 2015

Winter commercial crab fisheries open Oct. 15 in the Bering Sea, but this winter’s harvest won’t be as strong as last year.

Crab Fishing Resumes in the Bering Sea

Oct 18, 2013

Several crab fisheries in the Bering Sea are open as federal regulators were successful in getting fishermen their IFQ permits so they can drop pots. The end of the federal government shutdown on Thursday proved very timely for crab fishermen who were unable during the shutdown to get their IFQ permits. U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski issued a statement Friday thanking the National Marine Fisheries Service for processing and faxing out all the permits needed on Thursday. Murkowski confirms that all the fishermen and processors had their permits in hand by the close of business Thursday.

Senator Begich's office

As it stands now, the ongoing shutdown of the federal government could negatively impact a major crab fishery in the Bering Sea. The Bristol Bay red king crab fishery is scheduled to get started at noon on Tuesday. However, the fishery is currently on hold due to the ongoing shutdown of the Federal Government.