Last updated on 19 December 2007
No formal stock assessment is known. Estimates of abundance and removals are considered unreliable, in part due to reports of large illegal harvests (See Compliance section).
Last updated on 18 December 2007
With no publicly available stock assessment and no reliable estimates of abundance or removals, it is difficult to evaluate whether scientists are offering precautionary advice on harvest limits.
Last updated on 18 Dec 2007
No reference points are known for biomass or removals.
Last updated on 28 August 2012
The crab population off western Kamchatka is depleted and unstable, although there are signs of recovery in some areas (FafF, 2012).
Last updated on 28 Aug 2012
The UN Food and Agriculture Organization reported that Russian king crab grounds in the Russian Far East were fully exploited in the mid-1990s.
The western Kamchatka population decreased from 1999 to 2003, and particularly the proportions of pre-recruits have remained low ever since. During the past five years, periods of stability have alternated with rapid shifts in the number of females. A ban on fishing was introduced in the 2005-2006 season, and a recovery in all size-groups was observed in 2008 but this recovery has not been consistent in all areas (FAfF, 2012).
In the absence of reliable production estimates, some indication of volume trends can be derived from trade statistics. Imports of Russian red king crab declined in the U.S. during the late 1990s. However, Russian king and snow crab supplies may have increased. They are important in the U.S. and they “now dominate the Japanese frozen crab market,” according to Infofish.org, an FAO-launched service for marketing and technical advice in the Asia-Pacific Region. Infofish reports that Russian landings of red king crab in the Barents Sea during Q1 2007 were 900 t, a 71% decline compared to the same period in 2006. However Russian exports of king crab to Japan and the U.S. have apparently increased. According to Infofish, Japanese imports of Russian king crab increased to 13,130 t in 2006, up from 7,798 in 2005 and 6,808 t in 2004. U.S. imports of Russian king crab amounted to 25,547 t in 2006, up from 17,031 t in 2005 and 9,530 t in 2004.
Other sources confirm the rise in U.S imports of Russian king crab. Theyclimbed from an average of 22.5 million pounds during 2000-2004 to 41 million pounds in 2005, and the trend continued in 2006, according to a report published by the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute (http://www.alaskaseafood.org/fishingprocessing/seafoodweb_oct06/octoberstories/crab.html).