KIAL News out of Dutch Harbor, Alaska reports on the booming Opilio crab season & fishing that’s currently taking place in the Bering sea…
Per Charles Homans, the sea ice has encroached to the Pribilof islands but so far, doesn’t appear to have slowed down the fishing. So far 28 million pounds of Opilio have been offloaded to processors out of 56 million total allowable catch. Pots have been averaging 300 or more Opilio per pot and another industry source also reports that many fishing crews have pulled entire strings filled with 400-500 Opilio per pot!
Sounds like although a dozen fishing vessels or so have finished up for the season already, most crews will most likely fish well in to March and even April.
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