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Senator Murkowski Joins Fight Against Pirate Russian Crab

On February 12, 2014 Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), ABSC Executive Director Mark Gleason, the US Department of State, NOAA Fisheries, the United States Coast Guard and several other witnesses testified before the US Senate Committee on Foreign Relations in support of the UN Agreement on Port State Measures to Prevent, Deter, and Eliminate Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated Fishing. Learn More >


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ICE Right of First Offer (RoFO) Video

In an effort to make sure Bering Sea crab skippers and crew members have the ability to buy crab quota when it becomes available, the Inter-Cooperative Exchange (ICE) has developed a program called the Right of First Offer (RoFO). Jake Jacobsen, the Executive Director of ICE, has recently produced a short video explaining the program and how to register with the website crabqs.com. Learn More >


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2013-14 TAC Announcement and Government Shutdown Impacts

The Alaska Department of Fish & Game has announced the Total Allowable Catch (TAC) for the 2013-14 season, which is scheduled to open October 15, 2013. Unfortunately with the shutdown of the Federal government, NOAA Fisheries personnel in the RAM division, who would normally issue the IFQ, are furloughed as “non-essential.” Learn More >


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Pacific Fishermen Shipyard Recognized by Mayor’s Office

Each month Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn's office recognizes local businesses that "embody Seattle's pioneering spirit and reflect Seattle at its best." Recently Pacific Fishermen Shipyard was honored with a short video highlighting their significant accomplishments over the past few years and their long-standing support for the North Pacific fishing fleet. Learn More >


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Deadliest Catch Story

From deck hands to celebrities-the Bering Sea crab industry has reaped the rewards of TV stardom. Until 2005, fishermen waged their wars against the sea's deadliest storms in private, without a national platform to share footage of their near-death experiences. Learn More >


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Join Us for the 25th Annual Fishermen's Fall Festival

On Saturday September 7, 2013 The Alaska Bering Sea Crabbers will be serving their tastiest catch, Alaska Bering Sea Crab Melts, at the 25th Annual Fishermen’s Fall Festival with the help of Deadliest Catch Captain, Sig Hansen, and his crew of the Northwestern. Learn More >


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Alaska Bering Sea Crabbers Bring Snow Crab to Washington, DC!

If there’s one thing you can be sure of it’s that Senator Mark Begich is proud of Alaska. Whether its fighting to protect Alaskan interests in the halls of Congress or making sure Federal agencies are held accountable for their regulatory actions... Learn More >


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Record Sea Ice Hinders Opilio/Snow Crab Harvest

When the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands (BSAI) snow crab quota was announced last October, crabbers in the Bering Sea were thrilled to see a 64% increase over 2010/2011. But the joy of October has given way to the painful reality of winter. Learn More >


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ICE wants snow crabbing in June

With the ice closing back in this week in the Pribilof Islands, the group representing most of the snow crab quota ownership wants an extension of the season beyond the scheduled closing date of May 31, as a precautionary measure. Learn More >


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Vessel Runs Aground on Little South America

The 180-foot crab tender Baranof was switching docks to pick up crab pots Monday morning when it beached itself on the backside of Little South America. It didn’t take long for a crowd to form, despite blizzard conditions and a travel advisory in effect for the area. Learn More >


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North Pacific Fisherman Rebuild Chilean Island Fleet

In only a few weeks, North Pacific fisher­men collected $84,000 to save fishing on an island you've probably never heard of. Members of the Alaska Bering Sea Crabbers spearheaded the effort, and the industry responded. Learn More >