NMFS Receives Petition to Temporarily Close Red King Crab Savings Area in Alaska

The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) received a petition for emergency rulemaking under the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act from the Alaska Bering Sea Crabbers. This petition requests NMFS take action to close the Red King Crab Savings Area and Red King Crab Savings Subarea to all fishing gear to protect Bristol Bay red king crab and their habitat at a time of historically low crab abundance from January 1, 2023, to June 30, 2023. NMFS will accept public input on the petition for emergency rulemaking through December 5, 2022.