Snow Crab Quota Drops

Friday, October 05 2012

After a major surge last year, the Bering Sea snow crab quota has dropped back down again. Fish and Game announced an allowable harvest of 66.4 million pounds on Friday, a 25 percent decrease over last season.

This year’s harvest is still larger than most years since 1999, when scientists determined the stock was overfished. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration declared it officially rebuilt earlier this year.

The snow crab fishery opens on October 15, but boats typically don’t begin fishing until the New Year.

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