Fri. Dec 15 2017

Pat Quinlan, Legendary Newfoundland Fish Magnate, Dies at 88


Pacific Whiting Season Closes on a Good Season; 2018 Outlook is Mixed  


85% Cut in Yellowtail Allocation to Scallopers Will Have Little Effect on Scallop Catch in 2018  


Canada Counts on China for Lobster Gold Rush  


VIDEO: FDA Red List; New Bedford Struggling; Walmart Meal Kits; Pacific Ocean Perch Stock Rebuilt


Study Finds that Salmon Deaths After Spawning Aid Offspring    


WTO Ministerial Conference Ends with Mixed Feelings After Failing to End Harmful Fisheries Subsidies


Trump NOAA Nominee Cleared By Senate Despite Conflict of Interest Concerns


SeafoodNews.com Summary Friday, December 15


Thu. Dec 14 2017

Northern California Dungeness Crab Meat Recovery Rates Show Incremental Growth  


China’s Domestic Shrimp Output Drops by 10%; Decrease Could Mean Higher Imports  


Analysis: Seasonal Upswing Fully Underway for Farmed Fresh Salmon  


North Sea Brown Shrimp Fishery Achieves MSC Certificate for Sustainability  


Canadians to Spend More at Restaurants in 2018, Price of Seafood Not Expected to Rise Much


FDA Posts Import Alert For Vietnamese Seafood Company Due to Hepatitis A Contamination  


DFO Seeking Public Opinion On Plans to Ticket for Minor Fishing Violations


South Atlantic Fishery Management Council Working on New Regulation App for Commercial Fishermen


WTO Releases Draft Ministerial Decision on Fisheries Subsidies


SeafoodNews.com Summary Thursday, December 14


Wed. Dec 13 2017

Russia will Expand Pollock to 2 Million Tons of Production Next Year; Aims to Undercut US on Price    


ANALYSIS: Demand For Octopus Growing Globally, But Lower Catches Reported  


FSIS Discontinuing Third-Party Hold and Test Sampling of Catfish  


Are Bering Sea Cod and Pollock Shifting Northward?  


EU Ministers Announce Atlantic & North Sea 2018 Catch Limits, ClientEarth Says Limits Ignore Science


Phillips Seafoods Names Sarah Palmer As Vice President of Foodservices


Captain D’s Promotes Tim Ward to COO, Andy Castle to VP of Company Operations


SeafoodNews.com Summary Wednesday, December 13


Tue. Dec 12 2017

West Coast's Pacific Ocean Perch Stock Declared Rebuilt, Will Lead to Higher Groundfish Catches  


Nova Scotia Lobster Landings Similar to Last Year After First Two Weeks  


Walmart Offering Shelf-Stable Crab in New Delivery Meal Kit  


MSC Says Hands Tied on PNA Review, Says Our Story Mischaracterized Parliamentary Interest


China's Tilapia Industry Faces Struggles Along the Road to Acceptance  


FDA Expands Rule on ‘Refusal of Inspection’ Gives Foreign Plants 24 Hours to Answer Query


Cooke Aquaculture VP of Communications Nell Halse Retiring at the End of the Year


Hawaii Longliners Paying for Fishing Bigeye Rights in U.S. Territories  


Nova Scotia Car Dealership Hosts 2nd Annual Crazy Lobster Photo Contest  


Washington State Crabber Sentenced to 90 Days House Arrest, Fined $5K for Stealing Crab Pots


Gulf Fishermen Set Up Retail Stores in Mid-West, Rotate from Boat to Retail and Back


Trans-Ocean Gets its Surimi Verified with Non-GMO Label  


SeafoodNews.com Summary Tuesday, December 12


Mon. Dec 11 2017

Gulf of Alaska P-Cod TACs Drop by 80% for 2018, Council Approves Increase in BSAI Pollock


Larry Cotter, CEO of APICDA Since its Founding, Announces Retirement at End of 2018


Another Lobster Zone Votes to Continue Maine's Lobster Marketing Program  


SeafoodNews.com Summary Monday, December 11


England's Largest Fishing Port to Get £3.4 Million Shellfish Processing Plant


Shell Shack Seafood Chain Restaurant Expanding Outside of Texas


Changes in the Warm Kuroshio current in Japan to affect fishing operations


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Bristol Bay Red King Crab Season Will Open with 6.6 Million pounds, 22% Less than Last Year

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Peggy Parker - October 4, 2017

The Bristol Bay red king crab fishery will open this year, with a reduced catch of 6.601 million pounds, 22 percent less than last year, according to ADF&G. 

The season opens October 15, 2017 and will close January 15, 2018. 

The 2017/18 TAC is apportioned between the IFQ sector for 5,940,900 pounds, and the Community Development Quota (CDQ) sector for 660,000 pounds. The total is 6,601,000 pounds.

Female king crab abundance is over the harvest strategy threshold of 8.4 million crab and the 2017 effective spawning biomass (ESB) of 39.75 mlbs is over the threshold of 14.5 mlbs required for a fishery opening. The 2017 ESB estimate is less than 55 million pounds but greater than 34.75 million pounds, so a 12.5% exploitation rate is applied to the estimated mature male abundance of 7.82 million crab.

This year’s TAC compares to last year’s...

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