Crab, Southern Tanner (Kani) – Alaska Bering Sea
Tanner Crabs reach sexual maturity at 6-8 years of age and can live up to 20 years. In Alaska, the Tanner Crab population was once considered overfished, but has since recovered and is now at a healthy abundance. Highly effective management policies are in place for the Alaska Tanner Crab fishery.
Fishermen catch Tanner Crab with pots, which cause low to moderate damage to the soft-bottom habitats where Tanner Crab live. Fishermen only keep male crabs over a certain size limit. Bycatch in the crab fishery is limited, and consists mostly of females and undersized male crabs.