The National Weather Service (NWS) 4 a.m. 48-hour marine forecast for Area 155 on January 20th contained gale warnings. So according to the ADF&G, the Chignik Tanner crab final registration and season opening will be delayed again for 24 hours.
If the 48-hour marine weather forecast in Area 155 issued at 4 a.m. on Saturday, January 21st contains a small craft advisory, final registration and the fishery opening will again be delayed for 24 hours.
If the 48-hour marine weather forecast for Area 155 issued Saturday, January 21st does not contain a small craft advisory, final registration will begin at 12:00 noon on January 21st and the fishery will open at 12:00 noon on January 22nd.
Any action to further delay or open the fishery will be announced in a subsequent ADF&G news release by 9 a.m. on Saturday, January 21st. According to the fishery management plan for the Chignik District, season opening delays may continue on a rolling 24-hour basis until 12:00 noon on January 25th, when the season will open regardless of National Weather Service marine weather forecasts.
For additional information, please contact ADF&G in Kodiak at (907) 486-1840.