Golden king crab season opens Wednesday in the Aleutian Islands.
And for the first time in its 22-year history, the commercial fishery isn't capped by a rigid quota.
"It's really exciting this year," said biologist Miranda Westphal of the Alaska Department of Fish and Game. "It was great to have some freedom in setting limits in this fishery."
Brown crab prefer the deep, current-heavy waters of island passes, so it's basically impossible to count them. In fact, Westphal said this is the region's only large rationalized crab fishery without a survey.