Southeast has record tanner crab harvest

JUNEAU — Southeast Alaska just saw its largest Tanner crab harvest in over a decade, the state Department of Fish and Game said.

More than 1 million pounds of tanner crab was caught last month, KFSK reported.

The largest catches came from the northern end of Southeast, according to state biologist Joe Stratman. He said the harvest was akin to last year but not as big as the 2000-2001 season.

“This 1.25 million pound harvest just slightly exceeded last season’s harvest by 12,000 pounds,” Stratman said. “So the harvest was very similar to last year, but it was the largest Tanner harvest we’ve had in the last 13 seasons. You’d have to go back to the 2000-2001 season to find a larger harvest.”

Areas around Douglas Island and Seymour Canal recorded a harvest of 600,000 pounds, while regions including Icy Strait and Glacier Bay saw a total harvest of 260,000 pounds. The Petersburg area saw a harvest of 130,000 pounds.

The value of the season’s harvest was placed at more than $3.1 million, based on a dock price of $2.70 a pound.

Crab season opened Feb. 12, two days later than scheduled, because of bad weather. The fishing fleet had six days in the most popular areas and a total of 11 days in the rest of southeast Alaska.

Stratman said 80 permit holders participated in the harvest.

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