(Photo courtesy of Anne Hillman of KUCB)
KUCB New out of Unalaska/Dutch Harbor reports that the first loads of Red King crab were delivered last weekend by the F/V Bering Star. They brought in about 14,000 pounds as they picked up additional crab pots from shore. One of the crew was on hand to dish out information as the harvest was unloaded. he said they initially set 116 pots and spread them out about a pot for every mile. That gave them the opportunity to figure out where the crabs were and then they honed in on that spot.
As for prices this year…
Most processors are offering $5 per pound of red king this season, 57 cents more than last year. With a total allowable catch of almost 20.4 million pounds, that puts the ex-vessel price at least $101.8 million. Greg White with ICE, the Intercooperative Exchange, said he thinks prices are higher than last year because the Japanese yen is strong in comparison to the U.S dollar. He also says the crack down on illegal fishing in Russia makes Alaska’s market stronger.