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2015 Alaska Crab Stock Assessment and Fishery Evaluation Report

May 21, 2015

The annual stock assessment and fishery evaluation (SAFE) report is a requirement of the North Pacific Fishery Management Council's Fishery Management Plan for Bering Sea/Aleutian Islands King and Tanner Crabs (FMP), and a federal requirement [50 CFR Section 602.12(e)]. The SAFE report summarizes the current biological and economic status of fisheries, total allowable catch (TAC) or Guideline Harvest Level (GHL), and analytical information used for management decisions. Additional information on Bering Sea/Aleutian Islands (BSAI) king and Tanner crab is available on the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) web page at http://www.fakr.noaa.gov and the Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADF&G) Westward Region Shellfish web page at: http://www.cf.adfg.state.ak.us/region4/shellfsh/shelhom4.php.

This FMP applies to 10 crab stocks in the BSAI: 4 red king crab, Paralithodes camtschaticus, stocks (Bristol Bay, Pribilof Islands, Norton Sound and Adak), 2 blue king crab, Paralithodes platypus, stocks (Pribilof Islands and St Matthew Island), 2 golden (or brown) king crab, Lithodes aequispinus, stocks (Aleutian Islands and Pribilof Islands), southern Tanner crab Chionoecetes bairdi hereafter referred to as Tanner crab, and snow crab Chionoecetes opilio. All other crab stocks in the BSAI are exclusively managed by the State of Alaska (SOA).

The Plan Team for the King and Tanner Crab Fisheries of the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands

With Contributions by K. Bush, M. Dorn, G. Eckert, H. Fitch, R.J. Foy, B. Garber-Yonts, J. Gasper, T. Hamazaki, D. Pengilly, A.E. Punt, L. Rugolo, M.S.M. Siddeek, L. Stichert, W. Stockhausen, D. Stram, B. J. Turnock, and J. Zheng

Additional Resources

Last updated by Alaska Fisheries Science Center on 06/11/2019

North Pacific Groundfish Stock Assessments Alaska Snow Crab Red King Crab