The red king crab harvest winds down in Alaska as crews bring in the last batch of a 10 million pound quota, up 16 percent from last year. Vanessa Johnston reports.
It's the end of the red king crab harvest in Alaska....and it's been a good season. Executive Vice President of the UniSea processing plant, Tom Enlow, says the quota is up 16 percent from last year. He still remembers the early 80s when stocks of red king crab were depleted. (SOUNDBITE) (English) EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT OF UNISEA, TOM ENLOW, SAYING: "We processed brown king crab and opilio and bairdi and now this resources has had a chance to rebuild and we expect it to remain strong for a long time." This week, a team from UniSea helped off-load around 75,000 pounds of crab onto Dutch Harbor. Overall, fishermen were allowed to catch around 10 million pounds. The red king crabs will now be processed and shipped off -- half to domestic markets, the other half to Japan.