PUBLISHED: 11:38 AM on Tuesday, November 1, 2005
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. October 1, 2005 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 starting Monday, September 19, 2005 at the Douglas office at 802 3rd Street or online at http://www.admin.adfg.state.ak.us/license
. 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-A RED AND BLUE KING CRAB MANAGEMENT AND ALLOCATION PLAN [5 AAC 31.111]. The personal use allocation for the 2005/2006 Juneau 11-A winter fishery is 1,790 red/blue king crab. 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 outlined here 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 1/4 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. News releases can be found on our web site at http://documents.cf1.adfg. state.ak.us/TopicContents.po
. Phone numbers for the ADF&G Southeast Area Offices are: Juneau 465-4250, Sitka 747-6688, Ketchikan 225-5195, Petersburg 772-3801, Wrangell 874-3822, Haines 766-2830, and Yakutat 784-3255. For enforcement related questions or comments, contact Alaska Bureau of Wildlife Enforcement at the following numbers: Ketchikan 225-5111, Petersburg 772-3983, Wrangell 874-3215, Sitka 747-3254, Juneau 465-4000, Haines 766-2533, Yakutat 784-3220.