Golden King and Tanner Crab Season Date Announcement

Petersburg . . . The Alaska Department of Fish and Game announced today that seasons for the 2011/2012 commercial Tanner and golden king crab fisheries in Southeast Alaska will open by regulation at 12:00 noon on Thursday, February 16, 2012. The season start date for the Tanner and golden king crab fisheries is based on the date with the smallest Juneau tidal range between February 10 and February 17 (5 AAC 35.110 and 5 AAC 34.110 (b)). The registration deadline for both fisheries will be Tuesday, January 17, 2012. Fishermen who register after that date will be required to pay a $45.00 late fee. Buoy tags are mandatory for all commercial Tanner and golden king crab gear and are available in any area office in Southeast Alaska for $1.25 each. Further information on the 2011/2012 Tanner crab and golden king crab fisheries will be announced in subsequent news releases.

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