Bering Sea crab season opens today; fleet still tied to the docks

Not so Pretty Penny is off to a lousy start. Murkowski, Young, Hastings, Press Pritzker “We urge you to use your authority consistent with the Antideficiency Act to responsibly manage the 2013 Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands crab fisheries.”

The Alaska King crab season opened today, but without IFQ permits most of the fleet of 80 vessels remain tied up in port.  Permits cannot be issued until the government shutdown is ended, or NMFS gets permission for a reallocation of personnel. The delays are currently costing around $1000 per day per vessel, but things could get much more costly if the shutdown is not resolved in the next four or five days. [email protected]  13:26