The red and blue king crab personal use fishery in Juneau was closed in July of 2007 due to assessment survey results indicating poor stock health. The personal use fishery outside of Juneau was closed in October of 2007 due to indications of poor stock health in six of the nine surveyed areas.
The fishery was kept closed this year prior to the July 1 start date for crabbing.
In order to protect all components of the red king crab stock in Southeast Alaska, and to provide the best strategy for a stock recovery, the Southeast Alaska red and blue king crab personal use fishery will remain closed pending the results of the 2009 red and blue king crab stock assessment survey, and pending Board of Fisheries action at the January 2009 meeting.
There will be a proposal before the board that requests department authority to reduce the king crab personal use bag limit below six crab when the estimated harvestable surplus is less than 200,000 pounds region-wide.
If this proposal is adopted, the region-wide closure of the red and blue king crab personal use fishery will be reconsidered.