Alaska Fish Factor: Bering Sea crabbers will soon know how much they can catch for upcoming season that opens Oct. 15
September 17, 2020
Bering Sea crabbers will soon know how much they can pull up in their pots for the upcoming season that opens October 15.
This week the Crab Plan Team, advisers to state and federal fishery managers who jointly manage the fisheries, will review stock assessments and other science used to set the catches for Bristol Bay red king crab, Tanners and snow crab.
Normally, the biggest driver would be data from the annual summer trawl surveys that have tracked the stocks for decades. But this year, the surveys were called off due to the Covid virus and that has crabbers worried.
“There are cert...