Norway cuts 2019 king crab quota by 20%

Norway has reduced its 2019 fishing quota for male king crab by 20%, or 350 metric tons.

Norway's Ministry of Trade, Industry and Fisheries said the quota reduction means Norwegian fishermen can fish 1,400t of male king crab next year, compared with 1,750t in 2018. So far this year, Norway has exported 1,900t of king crab worth NOK 548m ($64.5m), according to the Norwegian Seafood Council.

"In recent years we have had a very high withdrawal of king crab," said fisheries minister Harald Nesvik. "Now scientists say that if this continues, it could lead to collapse in the stock. This should not happen. We need to take good care of crabs, it is in our management regime."

For females, the quota is set at 100t -- the same as in 2018. The target minimum shell-size of crab caught has been increased to 130 millimeters, "to avoid negative consequences of recruitment to the stock", said the ministry. The quotas apply to the regulated area east of 26º in Finnmark.

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