Southeast Tanner and Golden King Crab Season Announcements

Petersburg . . . The Alaska Department of Fish and Game announced today that the seasons for the 2008/09 commercial Tanner and golden king crab fisheries in Southeast Alaska will open by regulation at 12:00 noon on Sunday, February 15, 2009. The season start for the Tanner and golden king crab fisheries was changed by the Alaska Board of Fisheries in 2005 to: “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 Friday, January 16, 2009. According to SEC 16.05.065(b), registrants 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. 

The Department is in the process of finalizing the details of the Tanner crab and golden king crab fisheries. These details will be announced in subsequent news releases. Both the Tanner and GKC 2008/09 news releases will be announced during the week of January 5, 2009. 

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