In a historic move, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game has announced that snow crab season is canceled for the first time in state history. This decision comes as a result of dwindling numbers of crabs available in Alaskan waters. The cause of this decline remains unknown, but researchers agree that climate change is a major factor.
Snow crabs, which thrive in cold water, are unable to survive in warmer waters, leading to this alarming population decrease. Commercial fishermen were blindsided by their empty nets this season, as the usual grounds they fished produced no catches.
This is a devastating blow to the Alaskan economy, as snow crab is a major export for the state. It is unclear what the future holds for the snow crab population and the Alaskan fishing industry, but this cancellation is a stark reminder of the reality of climate change.