Crabs 1 Trawlers 0

A specially set-up and cleverly named company, CrabCo began an “experimental expedition” to test the feasibility of commercially harvesting two deep water crabs, the king crab and the red, or chaceon, crab. The aptly-named trawler Perseverance has pursuing these crabs for the past five days. But things did not go well.

We’d have liked to have brought in 1.5 tonnes as that’s what we need [to make it viable]. However, after laying some 240 pots, on long-lines of 70 pots to a line over the past week in rough seas, the return was just 150kgs

3 Replies to “Crabs 1 Trawlers 0”

  1. I don’t see the crabs winning if there was none to catch. Or is there an abundance already seen in those waters?

  2. Given that just about every other large-ish deep-water organism I know of breeds very slowly, is there a reason to believe that these deep-water crabs are different? If they are not known to reproduce reasonably quickly, isn’t it just another f***ing stupid idea to harvest them commercially, given that you can drive slow-breeding populations to the brink of collapse in just a few years?

    Do they care? –No, wait, I don’t think you have to answer that.

  3. You are right that “very other large-ish deep-water organism…breeds very slowly” including crabs (compared to shallow water crabs).

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