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