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JUNEAU, AK   99801

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December 22, 2003






Bering Sea Hair Crab Vessel Permit Application Period



            Beginning January 2, 2004, the Commercial Fisheries Entry Commission will be holding an application period for vessel entry permits in the Bering Sea hair crab fishery.  The application deadline is April 15, 2004.


            Only vessel owners whose vessels commercially harvested Bering Sea hair crab in the directed fishery in at least one calendar year during the time period 1993 through 1995; and in at least one calendar year during the time period 1996 through 2002 (note there were no openings in 2001 or 2002), or in at least two calendar years during the time period 1993 through 1995, are eligible to apply for vessel permits in this fishery.


            Application forms are also available at the Alaska Department of Fish and Game office in Dutch Harbor or by calling the commission at (907) 789-6160.


            Applications must be postmarked by April 15, 2004.  This application period is a one time only opportunity to apply for a permanent vessel permit in the Bering Sea hair crab fishery.  If applications are not submitted by the April 15, 2004 deadline, there will be no further opportunity to receive a permanent vessel entry permit from the commission.


            The commission encourages eligible vessel owners to submit their applications as soon as possible.  Anyone needing assistance in completing the application form is urged to contact the commission at (907) 789-6160.