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Economic and Social Sciences Research

Economic Status Reports for King and Tanner Crab Fisheries of the
Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands

Tanner crab (c. bairdi), image courtesy of AFSC

The BSAI Crab Economic Status Report summarizes available economic information about the commercial crab fisheries managed under the Fishery Management Plan for Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands King and Tanner Crab, with particular attention to the subset of fisheries included in the Crab Rationalization program. The report includes information on:

  • production, sales, revenue, and price indices in the harvesting and processing sectors
  • income, employment, and demographics of labor in harvesting and processing sectors
  • capital and operating expenditures in the fishery
  • quota share lease and sale market activity
  • changes in distribution of quota holdings
  • productivity in the harvesting sector
  • U.S. imports and exports of king and Tanner crab
  • price forecasts
  • performance metrics for catch share programs
  • information regarding data collection and ongoing economic and social science research related to the BSAI crab fisheries and related communities

Current and and previous reports are available for download in PDF format. Note that the report title refers to the year of publication, and each report provides data on activity through the end of the calendar year or crab fishing season prior to publication.

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We invite users to provide feedback regarding the quality and usefulness of the report and recommendations for improvement. We welcome any and all comments and suggestions for improvements to the Economic Status Report, and have developed an online survey to facilitate user feedback:


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