Bering Sea fleet shrinks in face of catch shares

The Bering Sea crab fleet now stands at 77 vessels, a far cry from the nearly 250 boats that participated in a frenzied race to pull pots before the fishery downsized to catch shares in 2005. Fewer boats means fewer hands on deck, and as with other fisheries, the Bering Sea crabbers are ‘graying’ and need to recruit young entrants to sustain the iconic fisheries. The shareholders have devised a way to give captains and crews a first crack at available crab.  Read the rest here 20:12

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