Following the announcement of the cancellation of the Bristol Bay red king crab and Bering Sea snow crab catch season in 2022, the Alaska Bering Sea Crabbers Association said crabbers have begun to take conservation action into their own hands. The Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADF&G) made the cancellation decision for conservation reasons, but they will be the crabbers who will foot the bill. Could their requests to the Council have prevented the closure? Crabbers think so.
Could the closure of Alaska’s crab fisheries have been prevented?
"Crabbers have been pushing the Council for years now to take conservation measures for Bering Sea crab stocks", says Jamie Goen, Executive Director for Alaska Bering Sea Crabbers.