2018/2019 Crab Year Vessel IFQ Caps
Use caps and related regulations are found at CFR Part 680, at ยง680.42
Prepared: Jun 30, 2019
Crab QS
Fishery
Vessel Use Cap % of
Harvesting IFQ TAC
Harvesting IFQ TAC
in Raw Crab Pounds
Vessel Use Cap
in Raw Crab Pounds
BBR
2%
3,877,200
77,544
BSS
2%
24,822,900
496,458
EBT
2%
Undetermined
Undetermined
WBT
2%
2,195,100
43,902
PIK
4%
Undetermined
Undetermined
SMB
4%
Undetermined
Undetermined
EAG
20%
3,470,400
694,080
WAG
20%
2,250,000
450,000
WAI
20%
Undetermined
Undetermined
 
Notes:
BBR = Bristol Bay red king crab                     
BSS = Bering Sea snow crab                           
EBT = Eastern Bering Sea Tanner crab          
WBT = Western Bering Sea Tanner crab        
PIK = Pribilof Islands red/blue king crab
SMB = St. Matthew blue king crab
EAG = Eastern Aleutian Islands golden king crab
WAG = Western Aleutian Islands golden king crab
WAI = Western Aleutian Islands red king crab

- Vessels used solely to harvest IFQ held by crab cooperatives are exempt from these caps.
- A vessel used to harvest any non-cooperative IFQ is subject to these caps; however, only CVO and CPO ("Owner") IFQ is included in determining whether or not a vessel use cap is met.
- A single person who receives an initial allocation of QS that results in IFQ that is in excess of the vessel use caps (above) may catch and retain crab harvested with the resulting IFQ from a single vessel. But, a single person may still be limited to the cap if some of their IFQ resulted from QS derived from transfers of LLP crab permits after 6/10/2002. The "single person" test is interpreted as whether only a single IFQ holder's crab IFQ permits were fished on a vessel, or more than one IFQ holder's permits were fished on a vessel. An IFQ permit holder with multiple permits who uses hired masters is still counted as one IFQ permit holder and is entitled to the exemption, if that IFQ permit holder's IFQ permits were the only IFQ permits fished on a vessel. Other provisions apply for such situations; see regulations referenced above.
- Beginning with the 2006/07 crab fishing year, Bering Sea (bairdi) Tanner (BST) is managed as two stocks and fisheries; Eastern and Western Bering Sea bairdi Tanner (EBT and WBT, respectively).
- "Undetermined" means the TAC has not yet been announced by the State of Alaska or the fishery is not open; therefore, the cap cannot be computed at this time.