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A sport and subsistence tanner crab fishery returned to Kachemak Bay and Cook Inlet for the first time in four years last fall. The season kicked off in October and will run through February.

Alaska Department of Fish and Game Sport Fish Management Biologist Carol Kerkvliet said about 1,100 permits have been issued so far.

“Since the fishery has been closed, we did expect fairly high participation because it provides a different opportunity for people in the winter months when there's not a lot going on,” Kerkvliet said.

Courtesy of Fish and Game

Sport and subsistence fishermen around the Kachemak Bay area will be able to target tanner crab for the first time in four years this fall. The Alaska Department of Fish and Game received permission from the state Board of Fisheries to reopen the fishery this spring, and the crabbing season will open in October.

Sport and subsistence crabbing in Kachemak Bay, along the outer coast of the Kenai Peninsula, and in Cook Inlet has been closed for about four years.

Alaska Department of Fish and Game

Fishermen wondering about this year’s pink return in Lower Cook Inlet will have to wait another week to get their answer, but so far, the signs are good.

“However, there are a couple of things that give us pause,” said Glenn Hollowell, an Alaska Department of Fish and Game fisheries biologist. “One of which, is last year’s pink return, which was really quite abysmal. It was one of the worst on record for this area for many returns,”