Crabbers Take Full Blue King Crab Quota
Monday, December 17 2012
For the first time since the fishery reopened in 2009, crabbers have caught the entire quota of St. Matthew’s blue king crab. The last of 89 landings was made on December 8, bringing the total catch to just 14,000 pounds shy of the 1.6 million pound quota.
Last year, fishermen landed roughly the same amount of crab, but the quota was 30 percent higher and severe weather hampered the season. This year’s catch rate was slightly up, at 10 crab per pot, compared to nine last year, while the average weight was the same. The season closes on February 1.