This session focuses on bringing together international and interdisciplinary research that can build a comprehensive view of global interactions in evolving Arctic and sub-Arctic crab fisheries. We aim to achieve a more comprehensive understanding of potential risks and opportunities related to shifting global market conditions for global Arctic and sub-Arctic crabs, particularly the the Red King (P. camtschaticus) and Snow crabs (C. opilio) that are widely consumed in Japan and Korea. While the crab markets are themselves important, they also provide opportunity to investigate how ecological shifts in marine productivity will interact with other market shifts.
We seek participants developing appropriate models of sustainable global marine resource use across a range of scales. An important aspect of the multi-scale approach will be inclusion of cases from across a wide spectrum of stakeholders affecting and affected by demand and supply for these crabs. These cases may range from local ventures as Inuit-owned and operated processing of Snow Crab in Eastern Canada, Greenland’s management of the Snow Crab as a potentially significant source of revenue, the tradeoffs between community benefits and ecological risks in Finnmark for Red King Crab, and implications of climate change on large-scale commercial Alaskan crab fisheries. The distribution of changing benefits and costs amongst stakeholders ranging from indigenous community members to commercial fisheries operations and customers is also a topic of significant interest, particularly with respect to risk perceptions and preferences.