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ALASKA’S KING AND SNOW CRAB SEASON OPENS TOMORROW

Juneau, Alaska. October 14, 2011 – The 2011/12 harvest season for Alaska king crab and Alaska snow crab, two of the state’s best-known wild crab fisheries, opens October 15th.

Alaska king and snow crab, like all species of seafood from Alaska, are wild, natural and sustainable.  Responsible fishery management protocols, developed to align with the United Nations Food & Agriculture Organization Code, require scientists to use up-to-date, empirical data to establish harvest levels that maintain a maximum sustained yield.

  • The 2011 quota for Alaska Bristol Bay red king crab is over 7 million pounds, which represents a 47% reduction from 2010.
  • The 2011 Alaska Bering Sea snow (opilio) crab quota is set at nearly 90 million pounds, a 64% increase over 2010.
  • The 2011 Saint Matthew Island blue king crab quota is set at over 2 million pounds, which represents a 47% increase from last year.

Collectively, these decisions reflect Alaska’s ongoing commitment to sustainable seafood and a willingness on the part of the fisheries to adjust their catch to align with the best scientific data available.  The State of Alaska recognizes seafood as a precious natural resource and the seafood industry as a vital component of the region’s economy.

Alaska crab stocks are jointly managed through an agreement between federal and state organizations: the Alaska Department of Fish & Game (ADFG) is responsible for conservation and management and the North Pacific Management Council (NPFMC) is responsible for policy and allocation.

Consumers continue to express a strong preference for Alaska seafood, with 70% reporting that seeing the word “Alaska” on a menu item positively affects their likelihood of ordering that seafood dish. King crab is celebrated for its sweet flavor and rich, tender meat – a premium product that is unmatched in size, quality and appearance.  Snow crab has a delicately sweet flavor and tender, snowy white meat.  For more information on sustainable wild Alaska crab including nutrition information and recipes, please visit www.wildalaskaflavor.com.

About Alaska Seafood

The Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute (ASMI) is a partnership of the State of Alaska and the Alaska seafood industry. ASMI works to promote the benefits of wild and sustainable Alaska seafood and offer seafood industry education.

For more than 50 years, Alaska has been dedicated to sustainable seafood. It’s so essential to our way of life that our constitution has a mandate that “fish … be utilized, developed and maintained on the sustained yield principle.” The seafood industry is Alaska’s largest private sector employer. As a result, Alaskans understand the need to protect the fisheries and surrounding habitats for future generations. We’re proud of our leadership in sustainable management, which has led to an ever-replenishing supply of wild seafood for markets around the world.

For more information, please visit www.alaskaseafood.org.

Contact: Claudia Hogue
Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute
206/352-8920
chogue@alaskaseafood.org