i have it on good authority that there will be a sport/personal use fishery this year from july 15-march 15. this was decided in-house by the area sportfish bio a couple days ago, and carol kirklovit (sp?) will be at the F&G booth at the sportsman's show to announce it.
5 per day, 2 pot limit.
this is expressly against the recomendations of the homer AC.
even those on the AC who supported the idea in concept did not want a sport opening, as this will allow charters to drop pots for non-residents, nor was there any support for an opener prior to late august or september. generally the crab taken in the summer are not "full" from the spring molt until early fall.
there was some support on the AC for a personal use fall/winter fishery, but the current plan as was outlined to me is well beyond what this fishery could likely support .... and that is according to the bio who collected the population data.
there is a management plan that dictates an opener at a certain population, and though the crab census does not at first "interpretation" meet the criteria, it seems that after sufficient "tweaking" it was made to...
just to make it more special there is no provision for any in season management... in other words, after an 8 month opener the harvest reports will be counted....
guess i may as well try to come up with a couple pots and a davit this fall and see if i can get a few crabs this winter....cause i doubt there will be many next year.
this reminds me of the old joke... "if you want to wipe out mosquitoes in alaska, put F&G in charge of managing them"