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More bad news for commercial crabbers: The Eastern Aleutian District won't open for tanner crab fishing in 2017.

The small fishery usually opens in January, with just a few boats harvesting bairdi in state waters around Unalaska and Akutan islands. 

But a recent trawl survey has forced the Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADFG) to close it, after the assessment revealed low numbers of mature males.

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The red king cra​b fishery is off to a         bo​oming start in Bristol Bay, despite predictions of a down season.

The fleet has caught two-thirds of its quota in just a doz​en days, and managers say fishermen are unloading big, beauti​ful crab at the dock.

Sarah Hansen/KUCB

 

On dinner tables across the country, Americans are eating more fish. The United States is responsible for more fish consumption than all other countries, except for China.

An annual National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration report shows Americans added almost one pound of fish to their diets in 2015.

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The Bering Sea snow crab season opens this weekend. But thanks to drastic quota drop, fishermen will be limited to less than half of last year's harvest.

It's been bad news across the board for commercial crabbers in the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands.

In addition to the snow crab cut, managers have canceled the region's tanner fishery and continued closures in the Pribilof and Saint Matthew Islands. 

Unalaska Dept. of Public Safety

The fishmeal plant at Westward Seafoods is still closed after an ex​plosion last month caused more than $100,000 worth of damage. But police say they may have identified the cause of the blast, which they're calling an "industrial accident."

Investigator Chris Honan of the Unalaska Department of Public Safey said a saltwater pipe that burst shortly before the explosion may have been the "point of ignition."

That's still unconfirmed, but Deputy Police Chief Jennifer Shockley said it's likely the pipe produced friction as it ruptured, sparking the fishmeal dust in the air.

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