Red King Crab

First Choice
Scientific name
Paralithodes camtschaticus
Russia (Barents Sea)
Production method
Pots (traps)
IUCN status
Not evaluated
Stock status

The stock is in good condition, which is likely to be maintained by current fishing practices. The total allowable catch, harvest control rules and technical measures are effectively implemented to maintain the stock at a high level and sustainability. 

Ecological effects

Crab trap fishery is unlikely to cause significant damage to any endangered, threatened, protected (ETP) species. The discard rate of this fishery is low and survival rate is high. Bycatch of juveniles and non-target species is likely to be <5%. The fishery is unlikely to cause significant negative ecosystem changes. Habitat impacts caused by this fishery cannot be excluded.


Barents Sea fisheries are managed under the Russian Federal Fishery Agency. Fisheries activity is controlled, and in recent years, no illegal unreported and unregulated fishing (IUU) have been detected. Compliance is effectively enforced. The fisheries policy is transparent and open to stakeholder participation. Overall management is largely effective.