Red King Crab

First Choice
Scientific name
Paralithodes camtschaticus
U.S.A. (Alaska)
Production method
Pots (traps)
IUCN status
Not evaluated
Stock status

Three of the red king crab stocks (Bristol Bay, Pribilof Islands, Norton Sound) in Alaska are in a good state. Current catches and management allow for long-term sustainable fishing. Thus management is deemed effective for the target species.

Ecological effects

Significant impacts on endangered, threatened, protected (ETP) species are unlikely. The discard rate of this fishery is high but has a high survival rate. Bycatch of non-target species is restricted in the king crab fishery. Ecosystem changes and impact on the benthic habitat are considered low for the trap fishery.


Management in place for the red king crab fisheries include minimum landing sizes. To protect the habitat, some areas for pot and trap fishing have been closed and environmental impact assessments are available. Overall management is largely effective.