The wild Alaska king and snow crab season officially started on Oct. 15, according to the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute (ASMI). This year, the Alaska Bristol Bay red king crab harvest is set at 16 million pounds, which is lower than last year but higher than the 10-year average. The Alaska Bering Sea snow crab harvest is set at 48 million pounds, which is also down from last year but in line with the 10-year average.
The harvest season for Alaska king crab typically ranges from October through November and again from January through March. Alaska snow crab is usually harvested from October through mid-February. For more information, visit ASMI's Web site.
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