The Alaska Department of Fish & Game (ADF&G) announced today that the South Peninsula (Eastern Section) commercial Tanner crab fisheries will open in 2013 with a total guideline harvest level (GHL) of 230,000 pounds. The Kodiak District will open with a total GHL of 660,000 pounds. The Chignik District commercial Tanner crab fishery will remain closed in 2013 because it was below the minimum GHL threshold of 200,000 pounds. Districts and sections assigned GHLs are scheduled to open to commercial Tanner crab fishing at noon on January 15, 2013, unless delayed by weather.
The 2013 South Peninsula District Tanner crab GHL is below 2 million pounds so the regulatory pot limit is 30 pots per vessel. Results of the 2012 ADF&G trawl survey indicate the majority of legal crab in the Western Section are post recruit (old shell) crab. The numbers resulted in a regulatory GHL below the required 200,000 pounds necessary to open a commercial fishery, so the Western Section will remain closed in 2013.
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