One of the things I love about my job is the ability to combine work with the things I love doing. The Alaska Department of Fish and Game recently re-opened the personal use King Crab fishery outside of the Juneau area. Growing up, friends and I fished for King Crab whenever possible, and haven’t had the pleasure of doing so in the last four years, due to low sampling numbers. Andy, above, is holding a 9.5 inch Red King Crab harvested from an “undisclosed location”. King Crab are measured across the carapace (center of the body) and are required to be 7 inches to be a “keeper”. Andy and I hand-pulled this crab and a few of his friends from a depth of 370 feet, unfortunately due to what I theorize to be warmer sea temperatures we no longer catch them at depths of 150 feet (a lot less work). Half of this crab would go for well over $150 in a restaurant! One of the splendors of living in Alaska is getting to enjoy the natural resources that the ocean and land provide us, with that comes the responsibility of stewardship of these resources. The fragility of marine eco-systems and the species that occupy them highlight the world class job that the Alaska Department of Fish and Game is doing to manage subsistence, personal-use, sport and commercial fisheries. Not an easy task given the amount that is unknown about any number of the multitude of marine species we stock our refrigerators with. As Alaskans we take seriously our stewardship and will hopefully continue into the future our constitutionally mandated protection of our natural resources. I hope in some small way to document and portray the Alaskan Lifestyle and the need to protect our fisheries, both commercial and sport, for all users of the resource, so that future generations can enjoy nature’s bounty.
If you are interested in seeing photos of the Commercial King Crab fishery, check out the link to the right of a buddy of mine, Corey Arnold, an amazing photographer, who also commercial fishes for King Crab in the Bering Sea. If you’re a fan of the Deadliest Catch you’ll probably recognize him from the show. If you’d like to see video of the Golden King Crab fishery in Southeast Alaska click on this link: www.vimeo.com/3386293 . The video is one I filmed and produced on the Golden King Crab fishery.
Well gotta run those crab pots are soaking and we don’t want them to get too plugged, otherwise we won’t be able to lift them aboard.