Commission moves forward on Kodiak crab fishery

Posted: Friday, September 13, 2002

KODIAK (AP) -- The Commercial Fisheries Entry Commission decided unanimously Thursday to go forward with developing a limited entry fishery for Kodiak Tanner crab. The plan also includes king crab for Kodiak.

''The department felt that if they had a limited number of vessels, it would be easier to reopen king crab when the stock is stronger,'' said Board of Fish member Oliver Holm.

King crab has been closed since the early 1980s.

''The CFEC found that there was a significant amount of cross-participation between the Tanner crab fishery and the king crab fishery when they were both going,'' said fisherman Chris Berns. ''They thought they would take them both and do it so they wouldn't have to go through all this again for the king crab fishery,'' he said. ''I doubt we will have a king crab fishery for 10 more years, but it is good housekeeping.

''We have been trying to craft this fishery so it stays a small boat, or local fishery,'' he said.

The CFEC tentatively plans to be in Kodiak Oct. 9 to take public comment and to hold a teleconference Oct. 11.

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