Red King Crab

Scientific name
Paralithodes camtschaticus
Russia (North Pacific)
Production method
Pots (traps)
IUCN status
Not evaluated
Stock status

Available fishery data is highly uncertain and quantitative stock assessment is lacking. There are indications that the red king crab stock is recovering, but the stock size is unknown. The red king crab has been seriously overfished in the past, mainly due to large-scale illegal unreported and unregulated fishing (IUU) fishing. Fishery-specific data indicate that the fishing rate is sustainable, but future long-term yield is unknown.

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 the survival rate high. Under this harvest method, impact on habitat is minor.



Russian Far East fisheries are managed under the Federal Fishery Agency. Russia has attempted to address illegal unreported and unregulated fishing (IUU) crab fishing through bilateral agreements with North Pacific trade partners on the prevention of IUU crab fishing and trade, and scientific monitoring is in place. The overall management is considered marginally effective.

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