Recommended NZ | Guide to Money | Gimme: Competitions - Giveaways

Permit Given To Catch King Crabs

Fuseworks Media
Fuseworks Media
Permit Given To Catch King Crabs

Wellington, NZPA - The Government has approved a special exploratory permit to see if deepwater king and red crabs can be caught at commercial levels.

The Ministry of Fisheries granted Crabco Ltd, an umbrella company representing most of those who catch deepwater crabs, a permit to undertake research and exploratory fishing.

The permit will provide information to establish a total allowable catch for king crab and red crab in future.

Both species could be marketed as high-value products in Europe, Asia and the US, as the practice of catching them in pots allows for live exporting.

King crabs, which grow up to 1.2 metres long, are already a valuable commodity for fishermen in the northern hemisphere where they command high prices.

Twenty three varieties of king crabs were found in the New Zealand, Australian and Ross Sea regions, leading one National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research scientist to proclaim New Zealand as the "king crab capital of the world" earlier this year.

Fisheries Minister Phil Heatley said the 3-1/2 year permit would not result in sustainability concerns.

NZPA PAR rob kc gt

All articles and comments on have been submitted by our community of users. Please notify us through our contact form if you believe an item on this site breaches our community guidelines.