The season will run for six days in core areas, closing at noon on Thursday, Feb. 23. In non-core areas it will close in eleven days, at noon on Tuesday, Feb. 28.
Managers can close all of the fishery or areas of the fishery early by emergency order if concerns come up later.
State biologists estimate there will be about five million pounds of mature male Tanner crab this season, which is what the fishery targets. That’s down from the nearly 5.7 million last year but still a healthy number.