F/V Karin Lynn, Alaska Crab Boat, Crab Pots on Deck, West Wall Fishermen’s Terminal Welcome Home from AK Bering Sea, Photography by: Salty Dog Boating News, Salty Dog Maritime Marketing the PNW Marine Traffic Source Underway PNW & AK

Alaska Bering Sea Crabbers, returning home to Seattle after being gone since late summer and fall. F/V Debbie Sue and F/V Karin Lynn are some of the first crab boats to land in the lower 48 WA Ship Canal. Some land home with pots on deck to be offloaded usually over at Fishermen’s Terminal Northwest dock and West Wall, is the usual. Some hit how with a dry deck, as they left their crab pot up the hill back in Alaska.

F/V Debbie Sue, Alaska Crab Boat Seattle Fishermen’s Terminal Homecoming Feb. one of the 1st crabbers home, Photography by: Salty Dog Boating News, Salty Dog Maritime Marketing the PNW Marine Traffic Source Underway PNW & Alaska

Crab boat will start to fill up the canal, shipyards, Trident old yard and Fishermen’s Terminal come February and March. Back home for a few months to get the boat refit and ready for the next season, summer salmon tendering back up in Alaska. Gotta keep the boat working, summer salmon tending is a fun, grind on the hook, it keeps the boat working and helps pay the bills!

Debbie Sue, Alaskan Bering Sea Crab Boat Seattle Fishermen’s Terminal Homecoming Feb. one of the 1st crabbers home, Photography by: Salty Dog Boating News, Salty Dog Maritime Marketing the PNW Marine Traffic Source Underway PNW

Bering Sea Crabbing in 2018 update –¬†Bering Sea opilio snow crab fishery has been cut by 12 percent, it had a quota of 18.9 million pounds, down from 21.6 million in the previous season, that’s taking a small hit.

Alaska’s snow crab fishery has been in continuing decline for 7 years, since 2007, stated by shellfish biologist Miranda Westphal, with ADF&G in Unalaska. Two years ago, during the 2015-16 season, it was 40.6 million pounds.

Alaska Crab Boat, Karin Lynn, Alaska Bering Sea Crabber, Summer Salmon Tender, PNW Ship Canal West Wall Fishermen’s Terminal, Photography by: Salty Dog Boating News, Salty Dog Maritime Marketing the PNW Marine Traffic Source Underway PNW & AK

The quota this year for Bering Sea Tanner crab, was only in the western district, at 2.5 million pounds. Last season the entire fishery was closed down completely, and would have been again this year, if not for policy changes made at the May meeting of the Alaska Board of Fisheries, according to Westphal. Amen to said changes in this new year, helping a lot of crab families this season.

In early January 2018 – they had 17 crab boats for Western Bering Sea Tanners they made 39 landings weighing 1.475 million pounds for 59 percent of the quota, with 1 million pounds still in the water, according to Alaska Fish and Game. Unalaska small boats also took in participation as well.

Alaska Crab Boat, Pots on Deck to offload on west wall, F/V Karin Lynn, PNW Welcome Home after New Years, Yah Winter NW, Photography by: Salty Dog Boating News, Salty Dog Maritime Marketing the PNW Marine Traffic Source Underway PNW & AK

 

Aleutian Islands golden king crab quotas remained unchanged, at 3.31 million pounds in the east, and 2.235 million in the western district. Pribilof District red and blue king crab fisheries are closed again this year in 2018. “The 2017 area-swept estimates for Pribilof District blue king crab show continued low abundance, remaining well below the least stock size threshold,” according to Alaska Fish and Game. For similar conservation reasons, the Saint Matthew Island Section blue king crab fishery is closed again to commercial fishing. Per every season, some stay the same and some change dramatically, as mother nature is in charge.

Photography by: Salty Dog Boating News, Salty Dog Maritime Marketing the PNW Marine Traffic Source Underway, the pulse, the loop, we know who is running up and down hill and when, for how long till they touch down to their nearest homeport. God Bless our Fishermen & their Families at land and at sea!

F/V Debbie Sue, AK Crabber, Bering Sea Crab Boat Lands in Seattle WA Ship Canal Winter, Crab Season, NW, Photography by: Salty Dog Boating News, Salty Dog Maritime Marketing the PNW Marine Traffic Source Underway PNW & AK – Welcome Home Ya’ll! God Bless our Fishermen!

Welcome home Alaska Bering Sea Crabbers, God Bless our Fishermen & Their Families on land and at sea this current season and may more fruitful season to come! 

F/V Karin Lynn, AK Crab Boat, F/V Narada, Summer Salmon Tender, Pacific Northwest, Winter Crab Boats Land at their home ports in the PNW, AMEN! F/V Debbie Sue, AK Crabber, Bering Sea Crab Boat Lands in Seattle WA Ship Canal Winter, Crab Season, NW, Photography by: Salty Dog Boating News, Salty Dog Maritime Marketing the PNW Marine Traffic Source Underway PNW & AK – Welcome Home Ya’ll! God Bless our Fishermen!

EAT FRESH – BUY WILD!!!