The Crab Harvesting has begun!


(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.

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4 Responses to The Crab Harvesting has begun!

  1. Dawn says:

    I think we need to help our fishing industries in Alaska.

    Go to your restaurants and ask for only Alaskan caught Crab.

    Get on the web and write the corporate offices saying you only want Crab caught in US waters of the Bering Sea. I did. I am only one voice but there are a lot of us that like to eat good Crab!

    My 93 year old Aunt has it every time she goes to a seafood restaurant with me.
    She say that she hope that it is the right crab because our guys work really hard to get her good food. I just smile. She can eat like 10 legs by herself and she only weighs like 90 pounds. What a trip.

    Support your Not so Local “Alaskan Crab Fishermen” !!

  2. Bobbie says:

    How log is the season for catching king crab not the tv show?

  3. Bobbie says:

    I still didn’t get how long the catch season is

  4. opilia says:

    Bobbie,
    In the Bristol Bay region–which is where Deadliest Catch is filmed–King crab and Opilio seasons both open on Oct. 15th of every year. Traditionally King crab is fished first, then the guys take a little holiday break in December, and January they hit the fishing grounds again in search of Opilio. They have until May to finish up with Opilio crab. Hope that helps.

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