Sorting Snow Crab
Once the crab are on deck they need to be sorted. The trap is pulled to the stern (back of boat). One of the crew baits the trap and prepares it to be set again while the rest of the crew sort the crab.
Washing off any remaining mud.
The metal object in the left hand is the measure. The back of the crab has to be large than the inside of the middle of the measure (which is 3 3/4 inches).
The large male crab are put below deck, females, soft shell crab, and males smaller than the minimun size are returned to the sea.
All of us on deck have a fish pen that we put our crab in. We have to make sure all the crab are upright in the pen or they will die. The crab are covered in a layer of ice. The iced fish pens full of crab will be shown later.
The crab are all counted. This lets us estimate the total weight of crab caught in a given day. We use the average weight of crab from the previous day combined with a visual comparison of the size of todays crab versus yesterdays crab.
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