Southeast crabbers hope to cash in on higher prices

Crab has been one of the hottest commodities since the COVID-19 pandemic forced people in 2020 to buy and cook seafood at home — and demand is even higher this year.

Crab is now perceived as being more affordable when compared to the cost enjoying it at restaurants, said global seafood supplier Tradex, and prices continue to soar.

That’s how it’s playing out for Dungeness crab in Kodiak and, hopefully, in Southeast Alaska, where the summer fishery started on June 15.

Kodiak’s fishery opened on May 1 and 76,499 pounds were landed by last Friday by just eight boats, compared to 29 boats crabbing...

 

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