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From an ADFG News Release:

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game announced today that sport and personal-use Dungeness crab fishing in the Yakutat area will be closed effective 12:01AM, Friday May 4, 2007.

The most recent surveys conducted by the Department indicate the Yakutat area Dungeness crab stocks are not rebuilding following the closure of the commercial fishery in 2000. Since 2005 the Dungeness crab sport fishery, in the Yakutat vicinity, has also been closed. State Wide Harvest Survey estimates of sport Dungeness crab harvest, prior to 2005, have also shown a declining trend in the Yakutat area Dungeness crab stocks. Because these indications suggest that the stock is not rebuilding, the sport and personal use fishery will continue to be closed in 2007. The subsistence fishery will remain open as managers monitor harvest in Yakutat Bay to determine if additional conservation measures are necessary.

For further information, anglers should call the Division of Sport Fish, Yakutat, at (907) 784-3222.

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