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Harvesting Info

Harvesting Wild Alaska Whitefish Varieties

Pot Fishing


  • Pot fishing is conducted offshore throughout the Gulf of Alaska, the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands


  • Pots are large steel-framed cages covered in mesh
  • The baited pots are placed on the seafloor where they trap crab and fish
  • Crab and fish enter the traps through tunnels but cannot escape
  • Later the pots are retrieved and the fish and crab are sorted on deck – undesired species, small fishes, undersized crabs and female crabs are returned to the sea alive


  • Pots are the only legal gear for King, Snow, and Dungeness crab
  • Pots are used to harvest some finfish, including black cod and Pacific cod