Bristol Bay red king crab fishery closes

Posted: Sunday, October 21, 2001

KODIAK (AP) -- Boats were headed back to port Friday after the closure of the Bristol Bay red king crab fishery.

About 230 boats participated in the fishery which lasted just three days, eight hours. The guideline harvest was 6.6 million pounds. With a minimum price of $4.80 a pound, the harvest is valued at about $31 million.

The fishery was closed at 1:30 p.m. Thursday. Because the Alaska Department of Fish and Game was unable to give 24 hours notice of the closure, boats were allowed to leave baited pots on the fishing grounds and return for them after delivering their crab to processors. Boats must retrieve their gear within 10 days of the closure.

The boats were headed for ports throughout Western Alaska, including Dutch Harbor, King Cove, Akutan and Kodiak.

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