The Mi`gwitetm`81 being unloaded
Snow crab traps being loaded
Ice Conditions 2014

Ice conditions in the gulf are in high density and will determine when some fisheries will...

2014 Fishing season is about to start

We are about to start our 2014 fishing season and here are a few starting dates for the...

The Mi`gwitetm`81 being unloaded
Snow crab traps being loaded
Ice Conditions 2014
2014 Fishing season is about to start

Snow Crab: Northwest Atlantic

Listuguj Fisheries:

There are two areas on which Listuguj fishes Snow Crab, one is located in the Anticosti area 12B and the other is situated in the Gulf area 12. The quota allocations for harvesting Snow Crab are 74 682 lbs and 725 685 lbs for each area respectively. The vessels that are used to fish Snow Crab are Cape May, Claude Martin, Mi'gwitetm 81, and Ugjit Smagnisg.

To view a map of where we fish Snow Crab, click: Snow Crab Map

General:

Snow crabs live on muddy bottoms in cold waters. They are sexually dimorphic, meaning males and females have two different forms, with obvious size differences between them. As they grow these crabs periodically shed their shell (a process called the molt) including the carapace-the large portion on the crab's back. Molting is an important sign of a snow crab's growth as it matures and gets ready to reproduce.

Snow crabs prefer a narrow temperature range of cold water less than 3 to 4°C. The effects of temperature depend on the stage of the snow crab's lifecycle. If the oceans warm, snow crabs may lose their primary habitat.

Fisheries:

Snow crab fishing season begins in April and ends in June. To protect this species and its reproduction, commercial harvesters can only catch male snow crabs. Catching or 'landing' female crabs is not allowed.

Snow crab are fished using 6-foot diameter steel traps with 150 traps per vessel.

Source for More Information:

 http://www.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/Science/publications/uww-msm/articles/snowcrab-crabedesneiges-eng.html

 

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