Norway Expands King Crab Catch to Curtail Spread
Norwegian fishery authorities have extended the zone of open king crab harvests to curtail the crustacean’s rapid spread in the country's northern waters.
Citing a press release from the Norwegian Ministry of Fisheries and Coastal Affairs, Norwegian newspaper Barents Observer reported yesterday that unrestricted catch of the crab has been extended to parts of the Porsanger Fjord and areas east of the 26 longitude.
Scientists introduced king crab in the Barents Sea during the 1960s. The species has spread rapidly along Norway’s coast, and environmentalists and fishermen fear the crab is threatening the local ecosystem.