Two species of crabs that is not native to Norwegian waters has become big business.
The King Crab, or Kamchatka Crab, has even become a tourist attraction:
It is caught commercially in the waters off Finnmark and Troms County and has reached as far south along the coast as Lofoten Islands.
They have also spread northwards and is likely to reach Svalbard by 2030:
King crabs are not only a problem. They have also made some people in Finnmark very rich:
But the really big money maker is the Snow Crab:
Norwegian Snow crabbing boat Polar Pioneer leaving Tromsø for the Barents Sea:
Newly converted snowcrabbing boat Vima passing Måløy on her way north to start the season in Jan. 2022:
Photo: Ivar Strømmen
Vima in Ålesund after the season, 12 June 2022:
Whats caused the appearance of these crabs?
They were fleeing the “Deadliest Catch” crews of the Bering Sea.
It is all explained in the video and attachment in the OP.
Fine, then I summarize it;
The King Crabs was brought to Murmanskfjord in the 1960s and walked from there
The Snow Crabs like cold water and moved north due to global warming.
Why a mystery?? To Norway of course.
Good development for snow crab
Snow crabs are our third largest species of shellfish.
Exports of snow crab in 2021 totalled 4,400 tonnes.
Export value was NOK 810 million.
Export volume increased by 78 per cent from 2020.
Export value increased by NOK 449 million, or 124 per cent, compared with 2020.
“2021 was the year where the Norwegian snow crab really broke through with increased quotas,
good fishing and strong demand in the main markets USA and Japan. When stocks in the US ran out of snow crab in the spring, it drove up both demand and global prices, says Josefine Voraa, Manager for Shellfish with the Norwegian Seafood Council.
Today’s smp.no has a story about crabbing in Alaska with reference to an article from 1977:
The crew of the boat “Olympic” of Seattle during king crab fishing in the Bering Sea October 1977: From left; Gunnar Tjøsvoll, Karmøy, Jeff Hansen, skipper Jon Sjong, Sykkylven, Barry Johnson and Kim Hansen. PHOTO: KNUT ENSTAD
From Christmas issue of 1977;
"Sunnmørsposten had the opportunity to follow the crab boat “Olympic” from Seattle, with Jan Sjong from Sykkylven as skipper. He is also the owner of this boat together with Sam Hjelle, who is also from Sykkylven, and Harald P. Hansen - also a well-known crab fishing name.
Fishing takes place in Bristol Bay in the Bering Sea. It is north of the Aleutian archipelago and the Alaska Peninsula.
The starting point for most boats is the small town of Dutch Harbor, which has an airport, one hotel, two shops, two liquor stores, three churches and about 300 permanent residents.
As long as The Lord has more outlets than those who deal with devil’s piss, there is order in the local community - let’s hope.
"Once it was the case that you couldn’t get work on board the boats unless you knew Norwegian. That is why it was said that many Americans went on Norwegian courses!
Now, of course, it is no longer like that, but it is still Norwegian that is dominant among non-American languages at sea up here in the Bering Sea"
Jan Sjong died not so long ago. He had a long and rich life even in this tough trade.
Obituary for John Sjong RIP:
September 3, 2022, 11:39am
Live Snow Crabs from Murmansk to Moscow by road and on to S.E.Asia by air:
PS> If you have to ask the price when they get to the table at a fine dining restaurant in Bangkok or Singapore you can’t afford them anyhow.
September 15, 2022, 8:48pm
Since the snow crab season is time limited it is important to be able to combine this with other activity the rest of the year. What is more logical than a combined crab catcher and prawn trawler
This newly ordered vessel will do just that:
Marin Teknikk har utvikla nytt innovativt kombinert fiske- og fangstfartøy for trål og krabbefiske med moonpool, og signert designkontrakt for ett fartøy Marin Teknikk har inngått avtale med Frøyanes As, Co. Ervik Havfsike på Stadtlandet, for å...
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Note: English text below the Norwegian article.
Thanks for posting this. I knew John years ago.