Commercial golden king crab fishermen hopeful for management changes following record-breaking season


September 21, 2023

This chart displays the Catch Per Unit Effort of golden king crab in the East Central Management Area from 2000-2023. Map courtesy of he Alaska Department of Fish and Game

Golden king crabs appear to have returned to Frederick Sound en masse after years of low commercial harvests, but it remains to be seen how much crab will be up for grabs for fishermen next season.

The commercial golden king crab fishery in Southeast, which typically opens in mid-February, is regulated by an annual recommended harvest strategy developed by the Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADF&G).

Under the harvest strategy, the department establishes a guideline harvest level (GHL) and a guideline harvest range (GHR) for each of the seven management areas in the region.

The GHLs - th...

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