Crabbers Asked NOT to Set Crab Pots in Kachemak Bay, Alaska August 15-29
The National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), in cooperation with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADF&G), will be conducting a sonar survey to provide detailed bottom and habitat mapping of Kachemak Bay. Two NOAA vessels and launches will be conducting the research. The Department of Fish and Game is requesting that persons participating in the non-commercial fisheries for Tanner crab in Kachemak Bay refrain from setting crab pots in the inner Bay (i.e. inside the Homer Spit), particularly in deep water areas (denoted in map below) between the dates of August 15th and August 29th. This will enable the NOAA research vessel and launches to operate without entangling gear in their sonar equipment. Data from this mapping survey will benefit ADF&G in assessing groundfish and shellfish in Kachemak Bay. The area west of the Homer Spit is not affected by this work. The Alaska Department of Fish and Game greatly appreciates public cooperation during the period of August 15th through August 29th. If you have any questions, please contact the Homer Fish and Game office at 235-8191.