Southeast Dungeness fishery opens June 15
The Alaska Department of Fish and Game announced that the season for the commercial Dungeness crab fishery in Registration Area A (Southeastern Alaska) will open by regulation at 12:00 noon on Friday, June 15, 2012. The following information applies to the 2012/2013 commercial fishing season.
Regulatory closed waters are listed in 5 AAC 32.150. District 16 will be open to commercial fishing for Dungeness crab during the 2012/2013 fishing seasons. Permit holders intending to fish in District 16 are asked to contact Joe Stratman at 772-5238 or Adam Messmer at 465-4853 prior to fishing at the start of fishing operations. The Yakutat Area Dungeness crab fishery will remain closed. Waters of Glacier Bay are closed by federal regulation to commercial Dungeness crab fishing. Fishermen may contact the Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve at (907) 697-2230 for more information.
Handling of soft-shell crabs results in increased discard mortality. Fishermen are asked to consult with their buyers on shell hardness criteria before harvesting crab. Fishermen are also reminded to review the 2009–2012 Statewide Commercial Shrimp, Dungeness crab, and Miscellaneous Shellfish Fishing Regulations prior to the fishery.