crab populations in the Russian Far East are at risk of collapse because of
overharvest from illegal fishing.
major discrepancies between the amount of crab reportedly harvested in Russian
waters and the amount imported into other countries.
limit had entered the global marketplace. The magnitude of illegal crab fishing
puts the entire Bering Sea marine ecosystem at risk, the report said. The
waters where the crab was taken are shared by Russia and Alaska and produce
almost 200 million pounds of legally caught crab each year.
US is likely importing large quantities of crab and other seafood which may
have been illegally caught. The problem, said Kuruc, is the US is unable to say
how much is illegal. “We need a way to obtain and assess this information if we
want to address this global illegal fishing problem,” he said.
program, called for better port control and a transparent, international
monitoring system of fishing activity and seafood trade.
shrink the illegal crab problem by developing bilateral agreements with Japan
and South Korea, developing a national plan of action to address illegal
fisheries, and continued enforcement at-sea. Yet the problem is multilateral
and it demands a multilateral solution, the report said.
US indicate that in 2013 these four countries imported 1.69 times as much live
and frozen crab from Russia as official Russian harvest levels.
The report also noted that foreign-flagged vessels harvest
crab illegally in Russian waters, and some Russian-flagged vessels either
overharvest or harvest crab illegally. Misdeclaring product quantities,
off-loading undeclared product onto a transport vessel at sea, or delivering
undeclared drab, or declared using fake documentation, directly to a foreign
port are known techniques to launder crab.
is online at http://assets.worldwildlife.org/publications/733/files/original/WWF_Illegal_crab_report_final_15_Oct_2014.pdf?1413407573