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Securing the Sustainability of the Unregulated Jonah Crab Fishery

May 22, 2014

The Fish Site: Market demand for the Jonah crab has more than quadrupled during the last 20 years, but the fishery still lacks a management plan to monitor and protect it from overfishing.

New England fishermen, scientists, retailers, regulators, and processors formed the working group to proactively pursue sustainable management of the Jonah crab fishery and safeguard its long-term health.

During the last two years, the Gulf of Maine Research Institute (GMRI) has worked alongside the group to identify threats to the sustainability of the fishery and create a work plan to address them. The GMRI's briefing to the ASMFC this week summarised the data gathered by the GMRI and provided a set of recommendations for management of the fishery.