Commercial Dungeness crab fishery will have normal length
July 6, 2023
The Alaska Department of Fish and Game announced last week that the length of the 2023-24 commercial Dungeness crab fishery in Southeast would not be reduced, following its calculation of the full season harvest estimate.
Based on landing and effort data from the first week of the summer fishery, which opened on June 15, the department is projecting a preliminary full season harvest estimate of 3.39 million pounds of crab.
That estimate exceeds the 2.25 million-pound threshold required to have a complete season.
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