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What is a snow crab?
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Boat P1
Boat P2
Boat P3
Wheel House
The Gear
Getting Ready
Loading the Boat
Setting Day
Setting Day P2
Setting Day P3
Setting Day P4
Setting Day P5
Hauling Traps
Hauling Videos
Trap leaves water
Emptying Trap
Emptying Trap P2
Sorting the Crab
Sorting P2
Iceing the crab
Other Boats
Off Loading
Off Loading P2
Last Day
Cape Breton Scenery
The End

Setting Day - Avoiding Soft Shell Snow Crab

Once the season has started Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) will have observers aboard various vessels. They are sampling the catch (both sellable crab as well as soft, small and female crab). This data is used for scientific monitoring of the fishery and provides inseason maps of high concentrations of soft shelled crab. The fisherman are encourage to avoid or leave areas with increasing amounts of soft shell crab. Below is an example of the data the fisherman will received during the season. If the soft shell crab density gets too high certain blocks (zones) can be closed.

soft shell crab map
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