The Norwegian Institute for Marine Research have advised for a slight increase in the red king crab quota for the Norwegian Zone in 2023. Photo: Vibeke Lund Pettersen/HI

Norwegian boats targeting king crab have received the increase in catch limits for 2023 as recommended by the Marine Institute. Photo: Vibeke Lund Pettersen/HI

Norwegian boats targeting king crab have received the increase in catch limits for 2023 as recommended by the Marine Institute.

The total quota for male crabs is set at 2,375 tonnes in 2023, in line with the recommendation from the Institute of Marine Research. This is an increase of 530 tonnes from 2022.

Fisheries and Oceans Minister Bjørnar Skjæran welcomed the increase in catch limits as the stock is highly valuable to the seafood industry in Norway. He said:

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“We fish the king crab at a high level, but within a sustainable framework. This is in line with the management objective of limiting the spread of king crab while at the same time ensuring a profitable catch. King crab is a product that fetches a very high price in the market, and increased catching of king crab will contribute to more value creation in the north.”

The quota for female crabs has also been set at 120 tonnes in 2023, and the minimum measure of 130-millimetre shell length for both male and female crabs will continue.

The quotas apply to the quota-regulated area east of 26°E in Finnmark.

The Directorate of Fisheries has carried out a written consultation on the regulations for fishing for king crab in 2023, and final regulations and regulations for catching king crab in the quota-regulated area in 2023 will be determined before the turn of the year.

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Norwegian boats get increase in King Crab quota for 2023

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