Pot to Plate:
NOTICE: The commercial snow crab fishery has yet to begin due to the tie-up over price.
Until then the Pot to Plate program is on hold. SEA-NL will reach out when the fishery is underway.
The Pot to Plate program for snow crab will connect members of the public interested in purchasing live local crab for personal consumption to inshore enterprise owners/members of SEA-NL around the province once the fishery is underway.
While Newfoundland and Labrador's commercial snow crab fishery is open in most waters around the province, the inshore fleet is not fishing due to the low price of $2.20/lb (64% lower than 2022's low price of $6.15.lb) set on April 6th by the provincial government-appointed price setting panel.
SEA-NL's Executive Board has unanimously recommended a wharf price of $5/lb to the general public, but the price is entirely the call of the individual enterprise owner.
Once your form is submitted, SEA-NL will put you in touch with an owner-operator in the area you’re interested in to work out details of the transaction — including location, landing time, amount of crab, and charge.
Read more below the form.
SEA-NL Hook-Up Form
SEA-NL will be the bridge between buyer and boat on snow crab, with the potential to expand to all other species.
Under provincial government law, boats in the inshore fleet can sell certain species to individuals buying for personal consumption.
Commercial fish harvesters are permitted to sell finfish, live crustaceans, squid, seal meat, and scallop meat.
Here is the full list: capelin, cod, rock crab, snow crab, crab, toad, cusk, dogfish, eel, flounder, blackback, flounder, greysole, flounder, yellowtail, grenadier, haddock, hake, halibut, herring, lobster, lumpfish, mackerel, monkfish, pollock, redfish, scallop, shucked, sculpin, sea cucumber, sea urchin; seal, shark, shrimp, skate, smelt, squid, swordfish, tuna, turbot, catfish, and wolffish.
The direct sale of bivalve or gastropod shellfish including mussels, clams, whole scallops, whelk or periwinkle remains prohibited.
Restricted buyers (including restaurants or retail fish shops) can also purchase snow crab directly from a harvester, but are limited to 300/lbs a week.