It’s been a good start to the Alaska red king crab season, according to industry observers who are buoyed by the increased total allowable catch (TAC), large sizes and some moderation on price.

The TAC for Bristol Bay red king was set at just under 10 million pounds for the 2014-2015 season that got underway 15 October, up about 16 percent over last year. Through 29 October, 56 percent, or about 5 million pounds, of the IFQ portion had been landed.

A West Coast distributor following the seas…