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DFO science says snow crab stocks in healthy zone around province — except off Labrador

Keep in mind, of course, this is DFO science we're talking about and the 2022 trawl survey did not take place. DFO biologist Julia Pantin gave an industry briefing this morning on the shape of snow crab stocks in waters around the province, but there was no time to ask her how the survey's absence impacts the accuracy of the science. She had to take off to speak to the media. Hard to tell which is in harder shape: DFO science, or communications.

DFO's trawl survey wasn't carried out in 2022, so the department used trap surveys to assess the status of the stock in waters adjacent to Newfoundland and Labrador. The 2022 snow crab fishery saw 49,971 tonnes landed, worth $758,084,478 at an average price per pound of $6.81.

Here are more panels from DFO's slide presentation:

DFO is expected to release the 2023 snow crab management plan, which will include this year's quota, in March.

The 2022 total allowable catch (TAC) for the snow crab fishery in Newfoundland and Labrador was set at 50,470 tonnes, a 32% increase from 2021.

Ryan Cleary,

Executive Director, SEA-NL

Seaward Enterprises Association of Newfoundland and Labrador (SEA-NL) is a professional, non-profit organization that serves as the distinct voice for licensed, independent owner-operator inshore fish harvesters. Visit to join.

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