ALASKA'S CRAB FISHERIES
Our crab fisheries are co-managed by the State of Alaska through the Board of Fisheries and the Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADFG), as well as by the federal government through the North Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) and the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS or NOAA Fisheries). The Alaska Bering Sea Crabbers works collaboratively with both federal and state agencies, as well as the Bering Sea Fisheries Research Foundation, to work across industry sectors towards fishery management solutions that are sustainable for the resource and beneficial to the fishing businesses and communities that rely on it.
Crab vessels docked in Dutch Harbor, AK.
The State of Alaska sets the annual harvest levels (called the total allowable catch or TACs) for Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands (BSAI) crab fisheries and regulates certain fisheries requirements, including seasons, gear, and fishing areas. Alaska’s Board of Fisheries is the state governing body for changes to the state crab fishery regulations (whether in state or federal waters). Paired with this, the federal government co-manages the BSAI crab resource by determining the health of the crab resource according to federal standards for fish stocks. In addition, the Council and NOAA Fisheries oversee the BSAI Crab Rationalization Program through the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands King and Tanner Crabs Fishery Management Plan and its implementing regulations. In addition, NOAA Fisheries issues quota annually based on the TAC set by the State of Alaska.
State Waters Crab
Alaska’s Board of Fisheries will be discussing the following board-generated proposal at their upcoming Statewide Finfish and Supplemental Issues meeting in Anchorage, March 9-12, 2019:
Create a king and Tanner crab fishery west of 170 degrees longitude for vessels under 60 feet (newly assigned Proposal 180 which was accepted as a board generated proposal at the 2018 Alaska Peninsula, Chignik, Bering Sea, and Aleutian Islands Pacific cod meeting).