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Record high sea cucumber harvest expected for the region

 

December 2, 2021

Photo courtesy of Shane Lohr

On the deck of the F/V Happy Time, Eric Grundberg (left) and Alec Schramek process sea cucumbers during a recent dive opening in Snow Pass.

The 2021-2022 Southeast Alaska sea cucumber season is expected to surpass the current three-year rotation's harvest record according to Whitney Crittenden, an assistant area management biologist with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game in Ketchikan.

As of November 24, 1,677,032 pounds of sea cucumber have been harvested, while the guideline harvest level (GHL) for the region stands at a record 1,872,800 pounds.

This season has the highest region-wide GHL ever seen for the current rotation, despite one area being closed due to a low number of sea cucumbers according to Crittenden.

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