“Fickle” is how a Canadian seafood broker characterized the reaction to the early days of the Atlantic snow crab market, noting that there has been a general resistance among U.S. buyers to commit to early season prices.

And “frenetic” was the word used by a U.S. seafood marketer, who noted that “one minute you have too much supply, but in the next minute you don’t have enough.”

The Newfoundland snow crab season opened in early April despite the threat from ice jams that persiste…