Climate caused snow crab crash, scientists say; NPFMC plans “more studies”

But the snow crab stock is "not subject to overfishing," NPFMC says.

by | June 16, 2022

Rebuilding plan” will be selected in December; bycatch allowed no matter what plan chosen

The AK Journal of Commerce reports that “The council accepted two alternatives for further analysis in a final rebuilding plan.

One is a no-action, which wouldn’t be allowed but is required to be considered; the other would specify a rebuilding time, either with or without a fishery targeting snow crab. Bycatch would be allowed in either case. The council is also looking for more information on some specifics, including what it would be like to remove the floor set for bycatch and counting all crab caught as bycatch throughout their range toward the bycatch limit.”

Read the full write up here

However, the stock is “not subject to overfishing,” according to a report submitted to the North Pacific Fishery Management Council. 

[Meanwhile, the 2022 Bering Sea “pre-approved” snow crab bycatch level by trawlers is 5.99 million crab which equals nearly 7.8 million pounds. The catch quota for crabbers is 5.6 million pounds.]

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Laine Welch has covered the Alaska fish beat for print and radio since 1988. She also has worked “behind the counter” at retail and wholesale seafood companies in Kodiak and on Cape Cod.


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