Tanner, king crab prices likely to drop this season

Posted: Friday, February 18, 2005

The tanner and golden king crab seasons in Southeast Alaska are in full swing, but prices may not be as good as they were last year.

Alaska Glacier Seafoods, which opened its new plant at Auke Bay this week, hopes for 30 to 50 crab deliveries during the brief season, said owner Mike Erickson.

Right now, boats are coming in from Lynn Canal, the west side of Douglas Island and later this week, Erickson expects deliveries from Icy Strait.

Erickson said he hasn't been offered prices for the crab from his customers yet but he anticipates the prices will be "a little softer" than last year's average of $2.70 per pound. Ups and downs "are the nature of the fishery," he said.

The tanner crab season is a four-day fishery that ends Saturday. The golden king crab season may run two to six weeks, depending on how quickly fishermen achieve their harvest levels, Erickson said.

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