From Dutch Harbor’s KIAL newsroom…
UNALASKA, AK (2008-09-30) The Alaska Department of Fish & Game has released this season’s Crab TACs for Bristol Bay red king and Bering Sea snow and tanner crabs. The seasons will open on October 15th.
The Bristol Bay Red King total allowable catch (TAC) allows for 20,364,000 pounds, a very similar number to last year.
The Bering Sea Snow Crab fishery total TAC is 58,500,000 pounds, 4.5 million pounds less than last year. ADF&G Biologist Forrest Bowers said some had expected the TAC to go up not down because of previous assessment models.
“So that was a surprise and I think members of the industry will be disappointed that the TAC has dropped,” he said. “But really when you look at the uncertainty around the estimates, often they’re plus or minus 30 percent or more. When you’re talking about a change on the order of 6 or 7 million pounds when you’re talking about 50 millions, that’s not a big change.”