Bristol Bay red king crab quota falls again

Posted: Sunday, August 19, 2001

KODIAK (AP) -- The Bristol Bay red king crab quota is down again this year.

The quota is 7.2 million pounds for the season that begins Oct. 15. Alaska Fish and Game Department officials made the announcement Friday.

Last year's quota was 8.3 million pounds.

Of this year's quota, 6.6 million pounds are available for the general fishery. The remaining 536,000 pounds are earmarked for the Community Development Quota fishery.

According to survey numbers, the red crab stock is estimated at 40.6 million pounds. That's similar to last year's stock. But Fish and Game officials said the number of mature male crabs has declined since last year.

The all-time high was in 1980, when 128 million pounds of crab were harvested.



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