The Alaska Department of Fish and Game in Kodiak is extending Tanner crab periods in the one remaining fishing area still open. Nick Sagalkin, the area management biologist, said the management plan allows extensions of daily fishing periods when effort declines and a substantial amount of guideline harvest levels remain.
He said interest in the offshore Chiniak section has diminished, however, especially after the local state water cod season opened on Tuesday.
Daily fishing periods will be extended to 15 hours. Pots may be operated to take Tanner from 7 a.m. to 9:59 p.m., and may soak the rest of the time. The extension goes into affect Friday morning, and lasts until the end of March. Contact Fish and Game at 486-1845 for specifics.