Southeast crab seasons underway after weather delay
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Crab boats in northern Southeast Alaska were out fishing Wednesday for Tanner and golden king crab after two days of weather delays.
The two fisheries were scheduled to open Monday but were delayed 48 hours because of high wind, cold and freezing spray in central and northern parts of the Southeast panhandle.
Shortly before the start of crabbing Wednesday, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game announced a six-day Tanner crab season for the most popular “core” areas of Southeast. Those areas will close at noon Tuesday, February 18. Other waters will be open until Sunday, February 23rd. Season length is based on estimated crab biomass and number of pots registered in the fishery. 59 pot vessels are signed up and will be using 47-hundred and 20 pots this season.
Meanwhile, some crabbers are out seeking golden king crab. That season also opened at noon Wednesday.
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