Kodiak’s Tanner crab fishery has opened, but the fleet is continuing to stand down. Local fishermen and canneries in Kodiak haven’t come to an agreement on price – and this year’s harvest may end up being processed off the island.
Fishermen should have been setting their gear on Sunday morning for the opening of Kodiak’s biggest Tanner crab fishery since 1986. But the boat harbor was almost full – dozens of vessels were stacked high with empty crab pots. At the coffee shop downtown right near the docks, fishermen lined up for free coffee instead.