Harvesting Alaska Crab

Crabbing the method of harvesting Dungeness, King, and Snow crab, is dangerous and grueling work. Steel traps or pots are baited with cut fish, then pushed over the side.

Buoys mark the location of each pot, and its owner. At the right time, judged by gut instinct and years of experience, the pots are hauled in, quickly emptied into the hold, rebaited, and returned to the ocean floor.