Personal use king crab fishery to open for 2 days

    Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - The 2021/2022 Section 11-A winter personal use king crab season in Juneau will be open for two days in January.

    The season will be open at 12:00 p.m., Friday, January 7th, and close at 12:00 p.m., Sunday, January 9th, 2022.

    Inside Section 11-A are Lynn Canal, Stephens Passage, and Gastineau Channel.

    The Department of Fish and Game says data from the 2021 Juneau leg of the annual red king crab survey indicated sufficient stock to allow the fishery.

    Assistant shellfish manager at the department, Adam Messmer, said that in their surveys over the last few years, the population hasn't went down, and hasn't really went up.

    "We did see a lot of signs of juveniles this last year, which is a good sign for the future, but these crab are long-lived, the legal age of these crabs are seven to nine years old, so that's a long time for crab to live just to get to legal size."

    The winter fishery will proceed with the following daily bag and possession limits and restrictions:
    • Daily bag and possession limit for the red and blue king crab fishery is 1 legal male crab per household permit.
    • Winter seasonal limit for the red and blue king crab fishery is 1 legal male crab per household permit.
    • King, Tanner, or Dungeness crab may only be taken using one pot or two ring nets per vessel or diving during this personal use fishery.
    • Female, undersized, and unretained legal crab MUST be immediately released unharmed in the location where they were caught.
    • A household permit is required to participate in the fishery and permits are available online.
    • Winter king crab harvest must be reported online immediately once the seasonal limit has been reached or by Monday, February 28, 2022, if the seasonal limit was not reached or if the permit was not fished.

    The department encourages residents to obtain their permits online at adfg.alaska.gov/Store/.

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