Some Tanner crab districts around Kodiak Island and the Alaska Peninsula are starting to close down as harvest levels reach the desired number.
According to Fish and Game announcements, Chiniak Bay closed at 2 p.m. on Monday, but the rest of the Northeast Section remains open for now, as does the Southwest section. A previous announcement closing the Eastside Section was rescinded, according to area shellfish management biologist Nick Sagalkin. He says the department has reassessed in-season reports and believes additional fishing time will be necessary to achieve the Eastside Section harvest level. The section will not close as scheduled, and the department will continue to take reports until further notice.
The Southeast Section of the Kodiak District is scheduled to close today. North of 57-degrees latitude, the closure is scheduled for 2 p.m., while south of that latitude will close at 6 p.m.
The Cold Bay fishery in the Western Section of the South Peninsula District closed at 5:59 p.m. Monday.
In all areas closing, the crab must be delivered within 24 hours. Contact Fish and Game for more updates – here’s their link.