Don’t Let Snow Crab Disappear From Seas Forever

Target: Simon Kinneen, Chair of North Pacific Fishery Management Council

Goal: Prolong ban on harvesting of snow crabs in Bering Sea.

They once numbered eight billion in the Bering Sea. Within just three years, their population plummeted to one billion. Now the Alaskan snow crab’s ultimate fate is perilous and unknown.

Overfishing has contributed to the plight of these animals. A greater toll, however, has been exerted by the rapidly defrosting Arctic region, which is warming at an alarming four times the rate of the rest of the world. Because the snow crab thrives in cold waters, its quickly changing habitat has left a dangerous and inhospitable home.

The dwindling numbers so alarmed fishery officials that they called off the Alaskan snow crab harvest. Juvenile crabs recently spotted in the region may have a chance to replenish populations as a result. But these animals need multiple years to reach maturity, and they need a safe haven to do so.

Sign the petition below to urge leaders to extend the moratorium on snow crab harvesting indefinitely.


Dear Mr. Kinneen,

The Alaskan snow crab is in dire straits: a reality you recognized when you canceled the harvest for this year. The road to recovery will be long but not impossible if these animals have the time and the room to resurge. Juveniles currently in the sea need years, not months, to bolster the population.

Please think about the long-term and extend the prohibition on harvesting. Give the snow crab a fighting chance.


[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Visviva

One Comment

  1. Climate change is claiming the snow crab. This will take years to correct if it can be done at all. Along with this situation is the problem of industrial fishing fleets. The ships are so large and have all equipment necessary to catch, kill, clean, and freeze all types of sea food. These are monster ships. They are depleting the oceans of fish and a variety of sea food. These ships must be stopped as they are now forcing fish to starve. That is simply insane. They remove squid by hundreds of thousands per night and operate 24/7!!! These ships operate day and night and not just for one fish but all sea food from the bottom to the top of our ocean. I say “OUR OCEAN” AS THE OCEANS BELONG TO ALL LIFE ON EARTH AND NOT JUST ONE COUNTRY. The sea can sustain all if wisely fished. These countries operating these massive ships take everything, leaving nothing for other see life to consume. Who are these idiots? Saving the earth is turning into something which seems very unlikely as countries are not willing to work together for the benefit of ALL.

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