The Norwegian red king crab (Paralithodes camtschaticus) fishery: Management and bycatch issues

The Norwegian red king crab (Paralithodes camtschaticus) fishery: Management and bycatch issues

J.H. Sundet and M. Hjelset

The Norwegian red king crab (Paralithodes camtschaticus) fishery: Management and bycatch issuesThis is part of Crabs in Cold Water Regions: Biology, Management, and Economics
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The Norwegian research fishery for the red king crab has been prosecuted since 1994. The allowable catch quota and the number of vessels participating in the fishery have increased every year. In 2000 the quota of 37,500 individuals was caught by 33 vessels. The king crab in Norway is a lucrative resource, but heavy bycatches of crabs in gillnet and longline fisheries create serious problems in traditional coastal fisheries. The crab stock and its distribution are steadily increasing. This situation creates new challenges for the future management of the stock, which are discussed.

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