Opening of Alaska King Crab Fishery Delayed by Shutdown

Written by on October 15, 2013 in Fish, Policy & Ocean Law

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Alaskan red king crab, Paralithodes camtschaticus.

Alaskan red king crab, Paralithodes camtschaticus. Photo credit: The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, CC-BY-SA-3.0.

Alaska king crab fishery snared by Congress as season opener gets delayed by shutdown
Today was the day the Bristol Bay red king crab season should have opened, but due to the government shutdown, the fishing vessels are stuck at the dock. The crab catch limit is set by the state, but the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) distributes the permits for fishermen and without those permits, fishing can’t begin. Because these fishermen are used to being delayed (by extreme weather, not a lack of government), problems aren’t expected to arise unless the delay continues for days. For more, check out this video of Keith Colburn, fishermen from the reality series “Deadliest Catch,” testifying on Capitol Hill on Friday: ‘Deadliest Catch’ fisherman furious about government shutdown.

Could high-rise fish farms revive Hong Kong’s fishing industry?
Hong Kong’s territorial waters have been severely depleted of fish since the 1980s and in January of this year, a five-year ban on trawling came into effect. Even if fish stocks to recover during this ban, many believe that fishing will never be what it was. That doesn’t change the fact that people want fish, so where will those fish come from now? The answer comes from high-tech, environmentally friendly fish farms. Check it out:

Fury over whale carcass law
Whale carcasses provide food for many other animals as they sink from the surface to the seafloor. They can also provide researchers with a rare opportunity to learn about these animals. But a rotting whale carcass floating towards Perth beaches in Western Australia last weekend caused quite a stir. Coastal councils were furious that the 9-meter carcass was left to float towards Whitford beach, bringing with it predators, beach closures, and a huge removal bill. The Department of Fisheries says that officials are not legally allowed to do anything with the whale, but State Fisheries Minister Troy Buswell says that towing it out to sea is a “logical proposition.”

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About the Author: Emily Tripp is the Publisher and Editor of She holds marine science and biology degrees from the University of Miami's Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science and a Master of Advanced Studies degree in Marine Biodiversity and Conservation from Scripps Institution of Oceanography. When she's not writing about marine science, she's probably running around outside or playing with her dog. .


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