Alaska Crab Fishing

Alaska Crab Fishing
The crab fishing off of the coast of Alaska in the Bering Sea is some of the best in the world. The area off of the Aleutian Islands is where the majority of commercial king crab is found and caught. Alaska crab fishing is one of the most dangerous of professions because of the turbulent seas, icy weather and increased risk of going overboard.


Crab fishing season peaks between October and January and the amount of crab caught is regulated by Individual fishing quotas or IFQs per the state of Alaska.


While there are three types of Alaskan Crab---red, blue and golden, the red male Alaskan King Crab and the Blue King Crab are the most popular type of crab caught for human consumption off the coasts of Alaska.


The body alone of many King Crabs can reach sizes of 6.5 inches with legs over 6 inches long. They average around eight to ten pounds, while some have been reported to be as large as 18 pounds.


Crab fishing boats in Alaska can be up to 200 feet in length, the boats are run by a captain and around nine crew.


Crab fishing is performed when large pots or steel traps are dropped over 400 feet below sea level. The pots are lined with squid, sardines and other fish and used as bait to attract the crab.

Article Written By Julie Boehlke

Julie Boehlke is a seasoned copywriter and content creator based in the Great Lakes state. She is a member of the Society of Professional Journalists. Boehlke has more than 10 years of professional writing experience on topics such as health and wellness, green living, gardening, genealogy, finances, relationships, world travel, golf, outdoors and interior decorating. She has also worked in geriatrics and hospice care.

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