New Limits on King Crabs Cut Size of Fishing Fleet Every October for the past 30 years, Bering Sea fishermen have raced to bring in the fishery-wide quota of king crab in what was popularly known as "the derby," a mad dash that made boat owners fortunes in less than a week and supplied restaurants from Tokyo to New York. But changes have reduced the fleet to one-third its size in 2004.
NPR logo

New Limits on King Crabs Cut Size of Fishing Fleet

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/6545231/6545232" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript
New Limits on King Crabs Cut Size of Fishing Fleet

New Limits on King Crabs Cut Size of Fishing Fleet

New Limits on King Crabs Cut Size of Fishing Fleet

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/6545231/6545232" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

Every October for the past 30 years, Bering Sea fishermen have raced to bring in the fishery-wide quota of king crab in what was popularly known as "the derby," a mad dash that kept skippers awake for days on end, made boat owners fortunes in less than a week, supplied restaurants from Tokyo to New York — and cost numerous lives.

But recent changes have reduced the crab fleet to one-third of its size in 2004.