Dec 12, 2013 | Mark Gleason
The Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch program recently upgraded its rating for Alaska Snow Crab (Chionoecetes opilio) to “Best Choice.” Now conservation-minded consumers, seafood purveyors, and restaurateurs know what we in the Alaskan crab industry have known for years. If you want the most sustainably harvested crab in the world, look no farther than wild-caught Alaskan snow crab!
In the report describing this rating, the Seafood Watch program explains that fishing effort in the Alaskan Snow Crab fishery is far below the level that would compromise the overall health of the crab stock. They also highlighted the fact that bycatch of juvenile Snow Crab and non-target species is very low. They mention that there is an extremely robust, science-based management program in place to ensure long-term sustainability. As part of this management program they talk about the high level of observer coverage that is used to provide fishery-dependent data; they talk about how managers use vessel monitoring systems (VMS) and logbook information to augment other data collection efforts; and they describe how stakeholders are involved in the management program, thus increasing the transparency and making sure that fishermen “buy in.” And finally, they cite the fact that the eco-friendly traps used in the fishery have little impact on the surrounding ecosystem and the marine environment.
If you want to read the full report now click on the link below: If your download does not start, please follow this link: MBA_SeafoodWatch_SnowCrabReport.pdf.