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There will be no commercial tanner crab fishery in the Bering Sea this season.

The Alaska Board of Fisheries made the decision last week after a last-ditch attempt to allow a limited harvest failed in a split 3-3 vote.

Unalaska Mayor Frank Kelty attended the board meeting in Kodiak, where members considered a proposal that would have let crabbers harvest 10 percent of mature male bairdi in the western district.

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The Unalaska Court has ordered an Oregon man to pay more than $20,000 in fines and restitution for possessing and delivering undersized golden king crab.

Chad M. Hoefer of Newport, Oregon was first cited on Oct. 24, according to Alaska Wildlife Troopers at the Dutch Harbor post.

The 46-year-old didn't show up for his arraignment, and wildlife troopers eventually arrested him on Nov. 20.

Hoefer pled guilty to a misdemeanor on Thursday, and the court ordered him to pay $19,255 to the state for taking illegal crab. 

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Unalaska's Fish and Game Advisory Committee will support a proposal to allow a limited tanner crab fishery in the Bering Sea this season.

The committee endorsed the proposal at a meeting Wednesday night, but only after a close 6-4 vote.

Alaska Bering Sea Crabbers

Tyson Fick has been named executive director of Alaska Bering Sea Crabbers (ABSC) — an industry group that represents most of the crab fishermen working in federal waters off Alaska.

He'll replace Mark Gleason, who resigned earlier this year. 

KUCB's Laura Kraegel spoke with Fick about his new job, this year's controversial tanner crab closure, and the decision to open an ABSC office in Alas​ka. His first day on the job is Dec. 1. 

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More bad news for commercial crabbers: The Eastern Aleutian District won't open for tanner crab fishing in 2017.

The small fishery usually opens in January, with just a few boats harvesting bairdi in state waters around Unalaska and Akutan islands. 

But a recent trawl survey has forced the Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADFG) to close it, after the assessment revealed low numbers of mature males.

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