Kodiak ready for crab harvest

Posted: Wednesday, January 09, 2002

KODIAK - Tanner crab pots will go into Kodiak waters next week again as fishermen get their second chance since 1994 to harvest crabs in two sections of the Kodiak District.

Last year 144 boats caught 510,406 pounds worth $1,173,934 in the two sections. The guideline harvest this year remains 500,000 pounds for the two sections.

Cook Inlet Processing plant manager Tim Blott said that a small-scale fishery such as the local tanner season is not a moneymaker for processors.

"We process to provide markets for our fishermen," he said.

Jeff Stephen of the United Fishermen's Marketing Association said the group will not negotiate price because the quota is so small. Last year the price per pound was $2.30.

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