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West Point Scallop fishermen worried about Barnacle covered scallops

barnacles, scallopsIn 44 years of fishing scallops, Tony Sharpe says he’s never seen anything like it. Many of the scallops his drags bring up from beds off West Point are covered with barnacles. What’s worse is the meat, even in many of the large shells, is quite small. He wonders if there is a connection between the barnacles and the poor meat count some fishermen have been encountering since the season opened May 2. Sharpe wonders if the weight of the barnacles is making it difficult for the scallops to feed properly, thus impacting meat growth. The situation has some fishermen wondering whether steps need to be taken to protect the fishery. Miminegash fisherman Mark MacRae is among them. Read the rest here 13:31:11

Increased Percentage of Old Red King Crab Attracts More Barnacles – processors must accept them, depending on,,,,,,,

Old shell and very old shell crabs are more likely to have an abundance of barnacles aboard their shells, making them a less than lucrative catch. Anecdotal reports from fishermen, a few of which came to the attention of the Alaska Department of Fish and Game at Dutch Harbor, voiced concerns of high-grading, the dumping of large quantities of barnacled legal male red king crab. Read the rest here 17:20