Boom Times in the Eastern Gulf Snow Crab Fishery
Snow crab fishermen in Atlantic Canada are receiving record prices for their catches this spring.
“It certainly has reached a level we have never seen before,” said Osborne Burke, general manager at Victoria Cooperative Fisheries in Cape Breton.
“If someone said to me in March the price was going to be $4.50, $5/pound, I would have said yes. If someone said it was going to be $8/pound, I would have said they were crazy.”
For Cape Breton fishermen, the snow crab fishery opened ...
N.L. Harvesters Seeing Record High Crab Prices
The news for Newfoundland and Labrador snow crab fishermen keeps getting better at every turn.
After a dismal, COVID-19 impacted 2020 season, N.L. harvesters must be looking skyward, thinking some higher power must be looking down favourable upon them.
The latest bit of good news came on April 25 from the province’s Standing Fish Price-Setting Panel.
In late March, the Panel had sided with the FFAW’s proposed price of $5.73/pound over the Association of Seafood Producers’ (ASP) ...
2021 N.L. Snow Crab Season Begins on a High Note
After a somewhat dismal, COVID-19 impacted 2020 snow crab season, Newfoundland and Labrador harvesters have several reasons to feel good about their prospects in 2021.
The first bit of good news for N.L. crab fishermen came on March 29 when the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) released the management plan for the 2021 snow crab fishery, which included a significant increase of 29 per cent in overall quotas.
The second positive news of note came on March 31 when the N.L. Standing ...
Latest N.L. Snow Crab Assessment Showing Positive Signs
Some industry observers often refer to fishermen as eternal optimists.
While others might debate that label, there was certainly quite a bit of optimism being expressed over the winter by Newfoundland snow crab fishermen regarding the upcoming 2021 season, particularly in NAFO fishing areas 3L and 3Ps. And for now, it appears that optimism might have been justified.
For the fourth year in a row, scientists at the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) presented a somewhat bright, yet ...
Alaska Snow Crab Quota up 11 Million Pounds, But Won’t Change Dynamic of Oversold Market
The Alaska Dept. of Fish and Game (ADF&G) recently announced the 2020/2021 crab quotas.
Mostly, the results confirmed industry expectations, although snow crab increases were lower than hoped.
For red king crab, the precarious nature of the stock has led to a cut of 1.15-million pounds, which is 30 per cent below the 3.8-million-pound quota set in 2019.
The stock has been on a long-term decline and earlier management strategies would have completely closed the fishery.
These days, nearly all commercial food products are grown, harvested, cut and packaged in accordance with specifications.
Governments specify the minimum requirements that must be met to ensure consumer health and safety. Food retailers, restaurant operators and other food service organizations specify additional requirements to ensure their products will be attractive to consumers, meet targeted price points and fit into their production and distribution systems. Both sets of specifications ...
Significant Drop in N.L. Crab Prices
2020 Total Allowable Catch Increased by 10 Per Cent
Spring disputes are nothing new to the fishery in Newfoundland and Labrador.
Last year, for example, in the wake of protests and a public outcry over rumours of a possible 30 per cent quota reduction, or higher, the 2019 N.L. snow crab fishery only received a nine per cent overall cut after all.
But jump ahead to 2020 and the emergence of COVID-19 was certainly one obstacle that neither harvesters nor processors had factored ...
A Cautiously Optimistic N.L. Snow Crab Stock Assessment
FFAW Still Concerned Over Precautionary Approach Framework
For the third year in succession, scientists at the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) are painting a somewhat bright, yet cautious, picture for snow crab stocks off Newfoundland and Labrador.
At the recent 2020 annual snow crab technical meeting, DFO reported that despite some stock increases, the overall exploitable biomass remained near historic lows in 2019, but noted that there are some positive signs for future recruit...
Government Committee Releases Report on Climate Change Impacts to Lobster and Snow Crab
The House of Commons Standing Committee on Fisheries and Oceans recently released a report related to its study of the migration of lobster and snow crab in Atlantic Canada and the impact of climate change on carapace size.
The report entitled In Hot Water — Lobster and Snow Crab in Eastern Canada, included 10 recommendations, which focused on the need for more research (climate and economic impacts in particular), as well as the need to collaborate with harvesters (i.e. to advance ...
2019 Crab and Lobster Overview
For the past 10 years, I have made an annual trip to New Brunswick following the Boston Seafood Show to discuss the market outlook for snow crab and lobster with harvesters and processors in a series of meetings around the province, sponsored by the Dept. of Fisheries and Aquaculture.
Here are a few thoughts on those species.
I heard from several people at the Boston Seafood show that sentiment on crab changed on the last day of the show.
At least two Japanese orders ...