Upcoming Tanner crab fishery sees high abundance estimate


February 10, 2022

Chart courtesy of ADF&G

This chart displays trends of mature male Tanner crab biomass in Southeast Alaska based on survey data.

The 2022 commercial Tanner crab fishery is set to open Friday at noon with this season's mature male abundance biomass predicted to be 5.81 million pounds in Registration Area A according to Joe Stratman, the lead shellfish biologist for Southeast Alaska with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game.

That prediction comes from a 2021 survey which uses stratified sampling to estimate mature male Tanner crab abundance spanning from the Dixon Entrance to Cape Fairweather.

This year's prediction is 17% larger than last year's biomass survey estimate of 4.95 million pounds according to Stratman who s...

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