The total allowable catch for the Bristol Bay red king crab fishery, which opens Oct. 15 is set at 9,974,000 pounds, just below last year’s quota of 9,986,000 pounds.
The Alaska Department of Fish and Game allocated 8,976,600 pounds of that quota to individual fishing quota holders, with another 997,400 pounds to community development quota entities.
The Bristol Bay red king crab fishery concludes on Jan. 15.
For the Bering Sea tanner crab fishery, which runs from Oct. 15 through March 31, biologists have set the TAC west of 166 degrees longitude at 8,396,000 pounds, with 7,556,400 pounds for IFQ holders and 839,600 pounds for CDQ groups. East of 166 degrees west, the TAC will be 11,272,000 pounds, with 10,144,800 pounds for IFQ holders and 1,127,200 pounds for the CDQ entities.
The total allowable catch for Saint Matthew Island section blue king crab was set at 411,000 pounds, with 369,900 pounds for individual fishing quota holders and 41,100 pounds for the community development quota groups. The Saint Matthew Island blue king crab fishery concludes on Feb. 1
The Pribilof District red and blue king crab fisheries were directed to remain closed for the season, due to stocks being well below the minimum stock size threshold.