The Bering Sea red king crab fleet finished catching 10 million pounds of quota last week -- and they're facing some lackluster prices as the crab goes to market. It could be due to higher catch limits in Alaska and Russia.

It was a quick trip for the crew on the Adventure as they brought in the last of their red king crab quota to Dutch Harbor.

“Two hundred forty-seven pots in two days,” said Jim Wilson, who serves as captain. “We probably have 75,000 pounds of red king crab.”

Longtime Unisea president Terry Shaff died unexpectedly on Nov. 14.

In 2013, it was announced Tom Enlow would take over from Shaff, at a then unspecified date. Enlow has now taken over as the top executive of Unisea, Chris Plaisance, vice president of human resources for Unisea, confirmed.

A massive storm is expected to batter the entire western half of Alaska late today and Saturday, with wave heights close to 50 feet in the Aleutian Islands.

After a year's absence, Unalaska now has somebody working at the Marine Advisory Program and at the Interior-Aleutians Campus of the University of Alaska Fairbanks. And they're the same person. Melissa "Missy" Good started work last week in the hybrid position
"Right now my plate's pretty open. I want to see what the community wants," said Good, who worked locally as the assistant area shellfish management biologist for the Alaska Department of Fish and Game for the past 3-and-a-half years.

Alaska Bering Sea Crabbers, an organization that represents about 70 percent of the fleet, has launched a program to help the next generation of crabbers get into fishery.

The program takes a minimum of 10 percent of any block of crab IFQs for sale and offers it to active captains and crews for right of first offer.

Wednesday marked the opening of the Bering Sea crab season. Quotas are up almost across the board. But one species that usually takes a backseat is outshining the rest -- and as KUCB’s Annie Ropeik reports, that’s got some fishermen changing their game plans.

Two years ago, there was no harvest for Bairdi tanner crab. Without enough legal females in the water, it wasn’t safe to fish.

When the season reopened last year, the quota was kept low. But now, Fish & Game biologist Heather Fitch says Bairdi seem to have bounced back:

Bering Sea crab and pollock stocks all appear to be on the upswing — good news for Washington-based fishermen whose Alaska harvests are mainstays of the multibillion-dollar North Pacific seafood industry.

The improved outlook means some bigger harvests.

The Bristol Bay red king crab harvest that starts Wednesday has a catch limit that’s 16 percent higher than in 2013. Other Bering Sea harvests unfolding in the months ahead for snow crab, blue king crab and tanner crab will have limits set from 26 percent to 480 percent higher than the previous seasons.

Authorities have raised the Bering Sea snow crab total allowable catch (TAC) by nearly 26% and boosted quotas for other crab fisheries for the 2014-2015 season, which begins Wednesday.

Crabbers in Bering Sea District waters this season will be allowed to catch 67.95 million pounds of snow crab, compared with 53.983m pounds last season, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADF&G) said last week.

After a year's absence, Unalaska now has somebody working at the Marine Advisory Program and at the Interior-Aleutians Campus of the University of Alaska Fairbanks. And they're the same person. Melissa "Missy" Good started work last week in the hybrid position
"Right now my plate's pretty open. I want to see what the community wants," said Good, who worked locally as the assistant area shellfish management biologist for the Alaska Department of Fish and Game for the past 3-and-a-half years.