Bering Sea crab and pollock stocks all appear to be on the upswing — good news for Washington-based fishermen whose Alaska harvests are mainstays of the multibillion-dollar North Pacific seafood industry.
The improved outlook means some bigger harvests.
The Bristol Bay red king crab harvest that starts Wednesday has a catch limit that’s 16 percent higher than in 2013. Other Bering Sea harvests unfolding in the months ahead for snow crab, blue king crab and tanner crab will have limits set from 26 percent to 480 percent higher than the previous seasons.
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