Barents Sea snow and king crab - pot/trap (Odyssey Enterprises)

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Odyssey Enterprises (Seattle) leads a fishery improvement project (FIP) for Barents Sea crab. Snow and red king rabs are invasive species in the Barents Sea ecosystem and were introduced after 1965.  Today these species are harvested commercially in Russia and Norway by vessels utilizing traps (crab pots).  The purpose of the improvements is to raise the Barents Sea crab fisheries to the MSC standard.

Overview of the Status of the Crab Fisheries in the Barents Sea

Norway and Russia manage fisheries for snow crab and red king crab as sedentary species within their respective economical zone.  The two countries have a history of cooperating on fishery science and management back to 2005-7 agreements to establish common principles of management of a new biological resource.  In Norway, snow crab is fished under quota and in some regions as an invasive species with unrestricted fishing. In Russia, both species crab are fished with rational harvesting of the stock.  Quota landings based on Maximum Sustainable Yield are enforced, meaning the fisheries are managed by harvest control tools.

FIP Description 

Odyssey Enterprises (Seattle) leads a fishery improvement project (FIP) for Barents Sea crab.

FIP Objective(s) 

The FIP objectives are the management of snow crab with MSY-based quota landings in Norway and Russia and collaboration to contain the ecosystem impacts of invasive crab, by 2022, among other requirements to meet the MSC standard.  The king crab fishery became MSC certified in February 2018.

FIP Type 
FIP Stage 
Stage 4: Improvements in Fishing Practices or Fishery Management
Start and Projected End Dates
December 2016
December 2019
Next Progress Report Due 
Friday, June 29, 2018
Common Name 
Snow Crab (Opilio)
Scientific Name 
Chionoecetes opilio
Gear Type 
FAO Major Fishing Area
Area 27 (Atlantic, Northeast)
Exclusive Economic Zones
Russian Federation (the)
Regional Fisheries Management Organization
FIP Volume 
530 metric tons
Total Fishery Volume 
8,000 metric tons
Volume Date 
November 2018

FIP at a Glance

75% 25%
December 01, 2016
39% 61%
Progress Rating

A - Advanced Progress
Reserved for comprehensive FIPs that have a Stage 4 or 5 result within the past 12 months.

B - Good Progress
A FIP that has achieved a Stage 4 or 5 in more than 12 months AND Stage 3 activity in the last year; OR a basic FIP that has achieved Stage 4 or 5 achievements within the past 12 months.

C - Some Recent Progress
A FIP that has achieved a Stage 4 or 5 result in more than 12 (but less than 24) months but has not generated a Stage 3 result within the past 12 months OR a FIP younger than a year that has never achieved a Stage 4 or 5 result but has completed a Stage 3 activity.

D - Some Past Progress
A FIP for which the most recent publicly reported Stage 4 or 5 result is more than 24 (but less than 30) months.

E - Negligible Progress
A FIP older than a year that has not reported a Stage 4 or 5 result in more than 30 month (but less than 36) months; OR a FIP younger than 1 year that has not reported a Stage 3 activity.

The ratings are currently derived by SFP from publicly available data on FIP websites, including, and are determined using the following methodology: View PDF
C Some Recent Progress
Actions Complete
  • Complete
  • Incomplete
Next Update Due FisheryProgress requires a FIP to provide update reports every six months, and two missed reports will render the FIP inactive. If a report is overdue, this date will appear red.
Jun 2018
Target End Date
Dec 2019

FIP Leads

Organization Name 
Odyssey Enterprises Inc.
Organization Type 
Primary Contact 
Meaghen Kraft
Organization Name 
Sustainability Incubator Inc.
Organization Type 
Primary Contact 
Katrina Nakamura
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