Cook Inlet Tanner Crab Fishing Season Begins Oct. 1
The Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADF&G) will open the Tanner Crab sport and subsistence fisheries from October 1, 2017 to February 28, 2018. A valid permit is required to participate in either fishery. Permits are ONLY available through the Alaska Department of Fish and Game online store. Sign in at https://www.adfg.alaska.gov/
The Cook Inlet-Resurrection Bay Saltwater Area will open to sport fishing and consists of all waters enclosed by a line extending east from Cape Douglas and a line extending south from Cape Fairfield, including the North Gulf Coast (refer to maps on the permit page online). To receive a Tanner crab sport permit, a sport fishing license is required. Alaskan residents may receive a Tanner crab subsistence permit without a sport fishing license, however, the fishery is limited to the designated subsistence area.
The bag and possession limit is three male Tanner crab four and one-half inches or greater in carapace (shell) width, including spines. One pot per person is allowed with a maximum of one pot per vessel. Review complete shellfish regulations on pages 81-83 of the 2017 Southcentral Sport Fishing Regulations Summary booklet.