Is the crab fishing industry bad for the environment?



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    It can be. In the past few years, government regulation of the crab fishing industries was tightened considerably. The increase in oversight is primarily due to a period of intense of overfishing in the 1990s. The Alaskan crab catch fell from 400 million pounds in 1990 to a mere 45 million pounds in 2000. The precipitous drop in the population of many commercially harvested crabs, particularly the king crabs, raised worries that the volume of harvest was no longer sustainable. Environmentally groups have blasted the depletion of crab population as an ecological disaster, as it removes food sources from the crab’s predators and allows its traditional prey to overpopulate.

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