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Alaskan snow crabs, declining for years had their population drop 90% this year, but we pinky-swear that it's not from overfishing so please give us money...
Posted by: Tiangou
Date: October 15, 2022 12:23PM
Climate change certainly has something to do with the decline, but maybe they shouldn't have been harvesting the crabs with "limits" measured in MILLIONS OF POUNDS when the population was on the decline.

[www.washingtonpost.com]

Alaska cancels snow crab season for first time after population collapses

...For about a decade, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has documented a continued decline in the estimated population of mature male snow crabs — the only kind allowed to be harvested — in the Bering Sea. But hopes were raised after a record number of juvenile crabs were spotted on the ocean bottom in 2018 and 2019, suggesting a possible boom for future crab seasons.

But for reasons that are still not entirely clear, the population appears to have crashed. The federal government now designates snow crabs as overfished. The stock of some red king crabs, the largest of the commercially harvested crabs in size, is considered “below the target level” by the NOAA in some waters. Last year, Alaska closed king crab season for the first time since the 1990s.


[www.usatoday.com]

Last year’s snow crab harvest was 5.6 million pounds, the smallest in over 40 years.

Snow crab populations dropped after a 2019 Bering Sea warming, and the causes of the population crash are likely stresses from the warmer water and increased threats from predators.

“Management of Bering Sea snow crab must now focus on conservation and rebuilding given the condition of the stock,” the Alaska Department of Fish and Game said in a Monday statement.


[www.wltx.com]

Prout said that there needs to be a relief program for fisherman, similar to programs for farmers who experience crop failure, or communities affected by hurricanes or flooding.

When asked what fishermen can do in this situation, with their livelihoods dependent on the ocean, Prout responded, "Hope and pray. I guess that's the best way to say it."




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Re: Alaskan snow crabs, declining for years had their population drop 90% this year, but we pinky-swear that it's not from overfishing so please give us money...
Posted by: pdq
Date: October 15, 2022 01:19PM
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Tiangou

When asked what fishermen can do in this situation, with their livelihoods dependent on the ocean, Prout responded, "Hope and pray. I guess that's the best way to say it."[/i]

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Re: Alaskan snow crabs, declining for years had their population drop 90% this year, but we pinky-swear that it's not from overfishing so please give us money...
Posted by: Acer
Date: October 15, 2022 02:51PM
If only someone had told us this might happen.
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Re: Alaskan snow crabs, declining for years had their population drop 90% this year, but we pinky-swear that it's not from overfishing so please give us money...
Posted by: cbelt3
Date: October 15, 2022 05:01PM
Next up on Discovery, Most Dangerous Tours. Skipper and his first mate Gilligan take small parties of adventure seeking tourists on three hour tours of the Bering Sea…
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Re: Alaskan snow crabs, declining for years had their population drop 90% this year, but we pinky-swear that it's not from overfishing so please give us money...
Posted by: Kraniac
Date: October 15, 2022 05:37PM
Did anyone happen to catch the Documentary about Patagonia on CNN where the Chileans and the filmmakers sneak up on that scary and disturbing pod of Squid Harvesting boats???

Those scenes have been haunting almost every day me since I saw that segment..

This planet is in some deep @#$%&.

We've become too good at what we do and our hubris has grown right along with our skillset..
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Re: Alaskan snow crabs, declining for years had their population drop 90% this year, but we pinky-swear that it's not from overfishing so please give us money...
Posted by: Filliam H. Muffman
Date: October 15, 2022 06:33PM
I would guess some country cough*Russia*cough snuck into the crabbing grounds and took a huge amount of illegally small crab.

2021 Global Snow Crab Update for the North American Markets
http: //www.tradexfoods.com/3mmi/2021/04-12-global-snow-crab-update
"In 2020, the Russian fishery harvested 99 percent of the total allowable catch, and we should anticipate similar success for the 2021 season."



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Re: Alaskan snow crabs, declining for years had their population drop 90% this year, but we pinky-swear that it's not from overfishing so please give us money...
Posted by: Fritz
Date: October 16, 2022 02:51PM
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cbelt3
Next up on Discovery, Most Dangerous Tours. Skipper and his first mate Gilligan take small parties of adventure seeking tourists on three hour tours of the Bering Sea…

giggle, giggle, giggle.



!#$@@$#!

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