The Alaska Department of Fish and Game has announced another delay in the fishery opening for the Tanner crab fisheries in the Northeast and Eastside sections of the Kodiak District. The National Weather Service marine weather 48-hour forecast issued at 4 a.m. this (Friday) morning included storm and gale warnings. Therefore, tank inspections and the Tanner crab fishery opening will be delayed for at least another 24 hours.
If the marine weather forecast issued at 4 a.m. Saturday, also contains gale warnings, tank inspections and the fishery opening will be delayed again for another 24 hours.
If Saturday morning’s forecast does not include gale warnings, tank inspections will begin at noon Saturday, and the fishery will open at noon on Sunday. Once the fishery opens, Fish and Game advises participants that the master of each vessel is responsible for the ultimate safety of the vessel.
Gale warnings mean that winds are at 35 knots or higher. Any action to further delay or to open the fishery will be announced by Fish and Game by 9 a.m. on Saturday. For further details, contact the Alaska Department of Fish and Game in Kodiak.