KODIAK (AP) -- Bristol Bay crabbing was scheduled to down shut Friday night when fishermen were expected to reach the 7.723 million pound guideline harvest level for the 2000 season.
Voluntary catch reports from about 36 percent of the fishing fleet indicated that 5 million pounds of red king crab had been harvested as of Thursday night, according to Forest Bowers, state Fish and Game Department crab management biologist in Dutch Harbor.
That indicated that the quota would be reached by the scheduled 9 p.m. Friday closure.
The cumulative catch reached 1.4 million pounds early Wednesday, lagging behind the catch last year. Bowers said that was expected because the harvest guideline level is lower this year.
Bowers said 245 boats fished this year.
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