Divers harvest 1.4 million cucs from SE waters


Troy Larson / Submitted Photo

Petersburg divers aboard the Southeast co-op dive tenders Freedom and Rosie M work their last trip of the season near Hydaburg in mid-November.

Commercial sea cucumber divers harvested more than 1.4 million pounds of sea cucumbers this fall, according to Alaska Department of Fish and Game preliminary harvest estimates.

With an average price of $3.50 per pound, that's $5.1 million worth of sea cucumbers.

Snow Pass yielded the most harvest weight with 327,454 pounds of cucumbers coming out of the waters and saw 58 divers fish the area on October 26, the most out of any area time this season.

The cucumber dive fishery is a rotational fishery meaning certain areas are opened every three years. Harvests from the same areas three yea...

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