Seal Predation Seen Impacting Snow Crab Stocks in Newfoundland
SEAFOODNEWS.COM by John Sackton March 16, 2017
One of the issues flagged in the dismal assessment of Newfoundland snow crab stocks this year was increased predation on snow crabs.
One source of the increased predation is thought to be cod, which are eating more snow crab as capelin, their primary food, has not recovered sufficiently to support current cod populations.
Another source of predation is seals. Recently Baie Verde native Danny Dicks harvested a bearded seal that had 181 female and 2 male snow crab in its stomach. The seal weighed between 200 and 300 pounds...
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