Crab accumulates in delivery trucks and may remain there due to lack of buyers

Trucks in the parking lot of the McGraw Seafood Processing Plant in Truckee. On Wednesday, several of those trucks had crab in them.

Photo: Radio Canada / Mario Mercier

Several refrigerated trucks full of boiled crab were parked outside the McGraw Seafood plant in Truckee on Wednesday. These shipments of valuable crustaceans are waiting to hit the road and be distributed across the United States. However, given the weak buying demand this season, they could stay there for a while.

Gilles Terault, president of the New Brunswick Crab Processors Association, explains that the market is quite difficult, especially on the American side.

Crab seeps into the market. »

Quote from Gilles Theroux, president of the New Brunswick Crab Processors Association
Gilles Theroux, president of the New Brunswick Crab Processors Association.

Gilles Theroux, president of the New Brunswick Crab Processors Association

Photo: Radio Canada / Mario Mercier

Last year, the industry sold crustaceans as they were caught and processed. Buyers from the United States don’t seem to be rushing to do business with processors in northeastern New Brunswick this spring.

Gilles Theroux noted that the Americans still have crab from Russia. In addition, the price scared away fans. These two elements cause refrigerators to remain stationary.

ans. On sait qu’on va vendre notre produit, mais à quel prix? On ne connaît pas encore le plancher où les Américains vont acheter. Il y a aussi l’inflation. Il y a une limite à ce que les gens sont prêts à payer”,”text”:”Nous avons de grandes quantités en stock. C’était imprévu. Certains disent qu’on n’a pas vu ça depuis 25ans. On sait qu’on va vendre notre produit, mais à quel prix? On ne connaît pas encore le plancher où les Américains vont acheter. Il y a aussi l’inflation. Il y a une limite à ce que les gens sont prêts à payer”}}”>We have a large quantity in stock. It was unexpected. Some say we haven’t seen it in 25 years. We know we are going to sell our product, but at what price? We do not yet know the bottom where Americans will buy. There is also inflation. There is a limit to what people are willing to pay– explains Gilles Theroux.

Refrigerated container snow crab.

A refrigerated snow crab container is parked behind the processing plant.

Photo: Radio Canada / Mario Mercier

This directly affects the crab bought from fishermen. Quota jumped 40% with a starting price of more than $8 a pound. But everything changed quickly. Right whales arrived earlier at the fishing grounds, which made it difficult for fishermen.

Gilles Theroux would not be surprised if the fishing companies are unable to catch all their quotas.

$ la livre en attendant de voir où ça va finir, ce plancher. On pourra ensuite ajuster les prix à la fin de l’année en conséquence du marché. C’est un peu ce qui se passe “,”text”:”On a discuté avec certains pêcheurs. On leur a dit qu’on avait l’option de donner une avance de 6$ la livre en attendant de voir où ça va finir, ce plancher. On pourra ensuite ajuster les prix à la fin de l’année en conséquence du marché. C’est un peu ce qui se passe “}}”>We talked to some fishermen. We told them we had the option of making a $6/lb down payment while we waited to see where it ended up on that floor. We can then adjust the prices at the end of the year according to the market. Here’s what’s happening says the president of the New Brunswick Crab Processors Association.

Concern among fishermen

Paul Robichaud, fisheries advisor for the Acadia Regional Federation of Professional Anglers (FRAPP), confirms that the snow crab season is not on target.

After five weeks of fishing this spring, 65% of the quota was landed at the docks, compared to 81% for the same period in 2021.

There is a crab, but it is not in trapshe noted.

A snow crab pot hangs over the water.

A snow crab pot hangs over the water (archive).

Photo: Radio-Canada / Nicolas Steinbach

The problem is that the snow crab reproduces, not eats. That’s why it doesn’t fit in lockers.

Finally, the shellless soft crab, which has no commercial value, is about to take over.

Paul Robichaud.

Acadian Regional Federation of Professional Fishermen Fisheries Advisor Paul Robichaud

Photo: Radio Canada / Mario Mercier

We are very concerned that fishermen have not met their quotas this year. We are realists. The fishermen also saw others. We may see a crab in the last two weeks of June hopes Paul Robichaud.

And there are whales

The closure of several fishing areas in the southern Gulf of St. Lawrence due to the early arrival of right whales also made things difficult, he said. Press secretary of FRAPP claims that 34 right whales have been sighted, leading to the closure of several fishing areas.

2018, c’est toujours une surprise de voir de grandes zones de pêche éliminées par leur présence. Et elles arrivent de plus en plus tôt”,”text”:”Nous sommes en faveur de la protection des baleines noires, mais quand elles ont quitté un territoire, on devrait pouvoir le rouvrir aux pêcheurs. Même si on le sait depuis2018, c’est toujours une surprise de voir de grandes zones de pêche éliminées par leur présence. Et elles arrivent de plus en plus tôt”}}”>We are in favor of protecting right whales, but when they leave an area, we need to be able to reopen it to fishermen. Even though they have been known since 2018, it is always surprising to see large fishing areas eliminated due to their presence. And they come earliersays Paul Robichaud.

This year, anglers are using new custom trap technology. This allows commercial fishing with a small number of traps in closed areas. These traps are ropeless and have a buoy for lifting.

According to journalist Mario Mercier

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