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Tanner crab season kicks off Friday


February 16, 2017

Photo courtesy of John Havrilek

The Empress (left) and Aleutian Dream geared up for the tanner crab fishery last week. Both vessels were moored in the South Harbor. The fishery opens on Friday, Feb. 17.

Tanner crab estimates are down from the previous season although there is enough to go around for a successful fishery.

Mature male Tanner abundance estimate is 4.9 million pounds, down from the 5.6 million estimate from the previous year, according to a Alaska Department of Fish and Game press release.

"The Tanner crab harvest strategy sets the season length based on the mature male biomass estimate and the number of pots registered at the start of the fishery," ADFG region one lead crab biologist Joe Stratman said. "Since permit holders can register up until the start of the fishery, the...

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