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KETCHIKAN (KDN) — Commercial harvest divers landed more than 250,000 pounds of sea cucumbers on Monday and Tuesday during the first harvest openings for the 2017-18 season in Southeast Alaska, according to the Alaska Department of Fish and Game.

The estimated harvest-to-date is about 20 percent of the department’s overall guideline harvest level of approximately 1.23 million pounds for the season.

 All but one of the 18 harvest areas remains will remain open for harvesting in the next round of openings beginning on Monday. That one closed harvest area is the Gravina Island subdistrict 101-29, according to Fish and Game.

The following areas will be open from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday, and from 8 a.m. to noon on Tuesday.

Boca de Quadra (Subdistrict 101-30); Revillagigedo Channel, Thorne Arm, and East Behm Canal (101-41, 43 and 53); West Behm Canal (101-85); Moira Sound (102-30); Thorne Bay and Kasaan Peninsula (102-70); Eastern shore of Dall Island and Soda Bay (103-40); Southern Ernest Sound (107-10); Northern Ernest Sound (107-20); Zimovia Strait and Anita Bay (107-30 and 35); Bradfield Canal, Blake Channel and Eastern Passage (107-40 and 45); Stikine Strait and Chichagof Passage (108-10, 20, and 40); South Mitkof and North Zarembo Islands (108-30); Southeast Baranof (109-10 and 13); Northern Chatham Strait (112-16, 17, 63 and 65); Southern Sitka Sound (Subdistricts 113-38 and 41); Peril Strait (113-51, 52, 53, 54, and 59); and Excursion Inlet and Homeshore (114-25-002 and 114-80).

Restrictions apply.

For further information, contact Fish and Game.