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Dutch Harbor Update | King Crab Season 2013


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Government shutdowns, ocean acidification, huge ice pack predictions, and no Cordelia Marie on the Deadliest Catch.  The upcoming King Crab season is off to a bumpy start this year.  Most crab fishermen are on route as of this post.  October 15th is the official opening date, but the recent government shutdown won’t allow federal organizations to issue IFQ to the skippers, which could have many fishermen sitting at the docks wasting time and money.  The Coast Guard is also affected by our government’s ineptitude.  Standard issued Coast Guard safety exams are limited due to the lack of government funding.

Other recent news articles point to the increasing acidification of our oceans, which have the harshest effects on crustaceans.  The increased acidity hinders creatures ability to  grow strong outer shells.  Its unlikely, that the effect of ocean acidification will affect fishermen this season, but its an issue that weighs heavily on the minds of crabbers.  Especially, in light of the recent oyster disaster on the Pacific west coast.

Arctic Ice has been a major problem for crabbers the past two seasons.  The ice pack devastated the Bering Sea in 2012 and the predictions are looking pretty grim for the upcoming opilio crab, aka snow crab,  season in January.  Scroll down to the bottom of this post to find links for extra reading materials on these subjects and more.  Also check out the twitter posts from the captains and crew of the Deadliest Catch for their latest updates from the sea.

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