According to the Alaska Department of Fish & Game (ADF&G), the South Alaska Peninsula Area state-waters Pacific cod (P.cod) season will close for all vessels using pot gear at 4 p.m. today (Thursday, March 22, 2012). In-season catch estimates indicate the pot gear guideline harvest level will be attained at the time of the closure.
Fishermen are reminded that all pots must be unbaited and doors open at the time of the closure. Pots may be legally stored in waters deeper than 25 fathoms with doors open and bait containers removed for seven days following the closure. Operators are required to be at their unloading destination within 48 hours of the closure.
For more information, contact ADF&G in Kodiak at (907) 486-1840.