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Alaska Bering Sea Crabbers

Tyson Fick has been named executive director of Alaska Bering Sea Crabbers (ABSC) — an industry group that represents most of the crab fishermen working in federal waters off Alaska.

He'll replace Mark Gleason, who resigned earlier this year. 

KUCB's Laura Kraegel spoke with Fick about his new job, this year's controversial tanner crab closure, and the decision to open an ABSC office in Alas​ka. His first day on the job is Dec. 1. 

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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.

Laura Kraegel/KUCB

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. 

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