Will Alaska fish for tanner crab?

This season, the unpredictable tanner crab population isn’t looking so good for Aleutian fishermen.

That’s what the state’s trawl survey indicated this summer.

But the city of Unalaska has joined an emergency petition urging the Alaska Board of Fisheries to take another look.

At a City Council meeting last week, Frank Kelty explained the survey showed low numbers for female tanners.

That’s led the Alaska Department of Fish and Game to consider serious conservation measures.

“The whole fishery could be shut down,” Kelty said.

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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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