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Southeast Alaska Personal Use King Crab Fishery
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Southeast Alaska Personal Use King Crab Fishery

This fishery is managed by emergency order, the fishery may not open or may close at any time, or the bag limits may be reduced at any time.  Always check with your local ADF&G office before going crabbing. Get more information on personal use news releases.

Remember that all Shellfish may be exposed to the algae that causes Paralytic Shellfish Poisoning. For more information, see the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation Paralytic Shellfish Poisoning page (PDF 90 kB).

Remember, bag, possession, and pot limits for shellfish allowed under personal use MAY NOT be added to bag, possession, and pot limits under sport or subsistence fishing regulations.

Permits are only required to Personal Use for King Crab in Subdistrict 11-A (PDF 2,549 kB)
(waters of the district north and west of a line from a point at 58ø 12.33' N. lat., 134° 10' W. long., to the Coast Guard marker and Light on Point Arden).

Red and blue king crab may be taken only from July 1 through March 31;
Golden king crab may be taken only from July 1 through June 15;

King crab size limits are as follows:

  • only male red and golden king crab seven inches or greater in width of shell may be taken or possessed; and
  • only male blue king crab six and one-half inches or larger in width of shell may be taken or possessed.
  • Male king crab less than the minimum legal size and all female king crab that have been taken must be immediately returned to the water unharmed.

You may not utilize a live holding facility to accumulate or pool multiple bag limits.
A pot used to take king crab under this section must have at least two escape rings on opposing vertical or sloping sides of the pot that are not less than six and one-quarter inches inside diameter.
All pots used must meet the following gear requirements.