POLICY 

Crab Rationalization is a program to share the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands crab resources between harvesters, processors, and Alaska’s coastal communities in an effort to better balance fishing capacity to the crab resources and to improve safety in one of the world’s most dangerous jobs.

The Crab Rationalization Program (Program) was developed at a time when snow crab stocks were nearing a collapse and overcapacity in the crab fisheries had resulted in a frenzied race for crab. Harvesting and processing capacity had expanded to accommodate highly abbreviated seasons, and significant portions of that capacity were economically inefficient. At industry’s urging, the North Pacific Fishery Management Council developed the Program over a 6-year period (1999-2005) to accommodate the specific dynamics and needs of the crab fisheries. The Program addressed the race for fish, high bycatch and associated discard mortality, safety, economic efficiency, and product quality issues. 

CRAB RATIONALIZATION

REGIONAL POLICY

NATIONAL POLICY

 

What makes crab sustainable?

CRABBERS WORKING TOGETHER 
FOR BETTER FISHERIES MANAGEMENT

LOCATION
Alaska Bering Sea Crabbers
4005 20th Ave W Suite 102
Seattle, WA 98199
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CONTACT INFORMATION
206-783-0188
alaskaberingseacrabbers@gmail.com
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