In the first season shortened by a new quota, winter fishermen harvested the allowed 41,376 pounds of red king crab in just over a month.
Norton Sound’s winter crab fishery finally opened Monday after poor sea ice delayed commercial crabbers for about a month.
This winter’s commercial king crab harvest broke a new record with nearly 100,000 pounds harvested from Norton Sound. To put that in perspective, the previous record was 62,000 pounds in 2013.
Commercial salmon values were at record highs across Norton Sound this summer.
After arriving at our station in June, volunteer news reporter Jenn Ruckel has been working to immerse herself in Western Alaska to understand it, and thereby report on it, better.
For the past three years, Phil Pryzmont, local crabber and captain of the Erica Renee, has been taking observers into the Norton Sound with him as part of a crab migration project.
Area fishermen will be about to catch 12 percent of 3.2 million pounds of harvestable red king crab this summer.
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