Alaska Dungeness crab harvest lackluster in 2015

Southeast’s Dungeness summer crab season ended on Saturday. There aren’t any preliminary numbers yet but it’s looking as if this year hasn’t got close to the bumper season crab fishermen had last summer.

Crab fisherman Tor Benson is waiting to unload his final dungeness catch of the season at Icicle’s dock.

It was a slow day and while he says he’s still making money:

“It’s getting to that point where we might not. It’s a good time to end,” he said.

Benson says since fishing started in June he’s caught about 30 percent of the crab he brought in last summer.

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Jessica Hathaway

Jessica Hathaway is the editor in chief of National Fisherman. She has been covering the fishing industry for 13 years, serves on the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute’s Communications Committee and is a National Fisheries Conservation Center board member.

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