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 ...
Snow Crab Landing
The southside of St. John's harbour is bustling again this season as thousands of pounds of snow crab are landed there.
Photos by Jennifer Oake and Krista Jestican
Patent Issued for N.L. Robotic Snow Crab Processing Unit
Above: CCFI managing director Bob Verge explaining the patented crab butchering technology.
Work Continuing on Final Phase of System
The first patent has been issued and more are pending for a Newfoundland and Labrador-designed robotic system for butchering snow crab.
“The U.S. patent is the first one and we expect it to be patented in other jurisdictions,” said Robert Verge, managing director of the Canadian Centre for Fisheries Innovation (CCFI) in an interview. “We’re ...
Fishermen Relieved as N.L. Snow Crab Quota Only Cut by Nine Per Cent
Positive News Continues as Gulf Fishery TAC Gets Major Boost and Prices Increase
In the wake of protests and a public outcry over rumours of a possible 30 per cent quota reduction, or higher, the 2019 Newfoundland snow crab fishery only received a nine per cent overall cut after all.
The total allowable catch (TAC) for Newfoundland and Labrador Region in 2019 was set at 26,894 tonnes, an overall quota level decrease of nine per cent from 2018 (29,390 tonnes). This included no change in 2HJ, ...