PUBLISHED: 11:49 AM on Wednesday, September 21, 2005
Juneau area winter crab season opens Oct. 1
The Alaska Department of Fish and Game announced today that the Juneau area personal use red and blue king crab winter season will open 12:01 a.m. Oct. 1and run through 11:59 p.m., March 31, 2006, unless closed earlier by an Emergency Order.

The winter season daily bag and possession limit for Section 11-A red and blue king crab personal use fishery will be one legal male crab per permit per day. The winter seasonal household limit will be 20 king crab.

The winter red and blue king crab harvest permits may be obtained at the Douglas office at 802 3rd Street or online at

Please allow two to three business days for the online permit to arrive through the U.S. Postal Service.

The Juneau area personal use red and blue king crab fishery has two distinct seasons, a summer and a winter season.

Each season has a separate harvest allocation based on the Alaska Board of Fisheries Section 11.

The Board of Fisheries has mandated the Department to conduct the personal use red king crab fishery so that the winter season last as long as possible.

The daily and household limits will most likely result in a harvest within the allocation based on historical harvest rates.

Fishermen are reminded that changes to daily bag and/or household limits may be announced as the season progresses and that a sport-fishing license is required.

Please note that effective July 1, 2006, at least two 6-1U4 inch inside diameter escape rings on opposing vertical or sloping sides of the pot will be required for personal use king crab pots in Southeast Alaska and subsistence king crab pots in Yakutat.

Section 11-A includes the waters of Gastineau Channel, Stephens Passage and Lynn Canal north of a line from Point Arden to Point Bishop, south of a line at the latitude of Little Island Light, and east of a line from Little Island Light to Point Retreat Light.

Maps and other personal use king crab information may be obtained at the Douglas Office.