National Fisherman

Back in the day, residents of Kachemak Bay pulled more than big flatfish and frisky salmon from the waters. Those who have lived on local shores for 30 years or so remember a day when it was possible to jig for crab, not to mention make a descent living from harvesting king and Tanner crabs.
Those memories — as well as a tank full of tiny juvenile crab courtesy of the Seward hatchery — are the subject of an exhibit currently on display at the Pratt Museum entitled “When Crab Was King.” A community conversation to be held Thursday night from 5-7 p.m. aims to haul in more stories yet.
Scott Bartlett, curator of exhibits for the museum, said the exhibit started with a collection of stories from the Kodiak Maritime Museum. The Pratt Museum added to that with local stories and artifacts, some from the museum’s collection and others from individuals Bartlett interviewed about the fishery.
One of those who shared local stories about crab fishing was Fred Elvsaas of Seldovia, who could remember jigging for crab by dragging hooks on the bottom of the Bay.
“The crabs would hang right onto it,” Bartlett said. “It was interesting to hear that there was subsistence fishing for crab – it didn’t just start with commercial fishing.”
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Inside the Industry

Pink shrimp is the first fishery managed by Washington to receive certification from the global Marine Stewardship Council fisheries standard for sustainable, wild-caught seafood.

The state’s fishery was independently assessed as a scope extension of the MSC certified Oregon pink shrimp fishery, which achieved certification to the MSC standard in December 2007 and attained recertification in February 2013.


NMFS has awarded 16 grants totaling more than $2.5 million as part of its Bycatch Reduction Engineering Program.

The program supports the development of technological solutions and changes in fishing practices designed to minimize bycatch and aims to to find creative approaches and strategies for reducing bycatch, seabird interactions, and post-release mortality in federally managed fisheries.

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